Turkey Making Efforts for Immediate Ceasefire, Erdogan Tells Ukraine’s Zelenskyy

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during a phone call Saturday that Ankara is making efforts for an immediate ceasefire, and Zelenskyy tweeted praise for Turkey’s move to “ban” passage of Russia war ships in the Black Sea.

In a statement, the Turkish Presidency said Erdogan also expressed condolences for Ukrainians killed in the Russian attack.

After the call, Zelenskyy tweeted praise for Erdogan working to “ban” passage of Russia war ships in the Black Sea:

“Thanks I thank my friend Mr. President of 🇹🇷 @RTErdogan and the people of 🇹🇷 for their strong support. The ban on the passage of 🇷🇺 warships to the Black Sea and significant military and humanitarian support for 🇺🇦 are extremely important today. The people of 🇺🇦 will never forget that!”

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called for a stop to Russian military operations in Ukraine during a telephone call with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Saturday.

In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Cavusoglu had reiterated during the call that Ankara was ready to host the Russian and Ukrainian leaders for peace talks.

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