Presidents of Turkey and Ukraine discussed the Ukrainian crisis by phone – Xinhua

ANKARA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky discussed by phone Thursday the latest developments in the Ukraine crisis, the Turkish presidential office said in a statement.

The two leaders discussed the development of a grain corridor, as well as humanitarian aid to Turkey and energy support to Ukraine, the statement said.

Erdogan told Zelensky that Turkey is ready to assist and mediate in establishing a lasting peace between Russia and Ukraine.

Erdogan said the prisoner exchange efforts would continue, adding that Ankara could make a diplomatic contribution to speed up the resolution of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant problem.

Earlier Thursday, Erdogan held a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and called for a “unilateral ceasefire,” Erdogan’s office said in a statement.

According to Erdogan, Ankara and Moscow have achieved positive results in negotiations on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, as well as on the resumption of the grain corridor, the exchange of prisoners and initiatives to create a safe zone in relation to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.

He said calls for peace and negotiations should be backed up by a “unilateral ceasefire and a vision of a just solution” to the Ukrainian conflict.


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