Erdogan called on Russia and Ukraine to act “with common sense”

Erdogan told Guterres that Turkey is ready to support the work of the contact group for the evacuation from Ukraine and the delivery of humanitarian aid to the country and will take actions “to overcome the crisis and establish peace”

António Guterres and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed by phone with UN Secretary General António Guterres the situation in Ukraine, where the Russian military operation is taking place, the NTV channel reports, citing the Turkish leader's communications department.

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The UN Secretary General told Erdogan about his contacts with the Russian and Ukrainian leadership. The Turkish President, for his part, said that Ankara is ready to provide maximum support to the UN-led Contact Group on the evacuation of civilians from the territory where hostilities are taking place and humanitarian assistance.

Erdogan also said that Turkey will continue to “call on Ukraine and Russia to act with common sense and on the basis of reconciliation”; and will make efforts “to overcome this crisis and bring about peace.”

On Monday, April 25, the President of Turkey and the UN Secretary General held a meeting in Ankara. They stressed the need to create humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians and the delivery of assistance to the affected areas, and also agreed to “seek an early peace for Ukraine and create conditions that would put an end to the suffering of the civilian population.”

The next day, Guterres arrived in Moscow, where he held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Secretary General proposed to create a contact group on humanitarian corridors from Ukraine. Guterres' office later reported that Putin “agreed in principle” for the participation of the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross in the evacuation of civilians from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant; in Mariupol.

The evacuation of people from Mariupol was one of the main topics of the meeting between Guterres and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on April 28. “We're doing everything we can to make it happen,” — said the UN Secretary General, but did not provide details so that the process would not fail.

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Erdogan offered several times to become a mediator in Russian-Ukrainian negotiations. On March 10, Foreign Ministers of the two countries Sergey Lavrov and Dmitry Kuleba met in Antalya, and on March 29, negotiations between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations took place in Istanbul.

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