Erdogan seeks end to ‘bloodshed’ in Ukraine

Erdogan and Putin

Erdogan and Putin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged an end to the “bloodshed” in the war between Russia and Ukraine in spite of the high hurdles.

He stated this on Thursday, at a regional summit in Kazakhstan ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Speaking to Kazakh regional leaders, Erdogan said, “Our goal is to help stop the bloodshed as soon as possible by maintaining the momentum gained in spite of the difficulties in the field. A fair peace can be achieved through diplomacy”.

Erdogan and Putin will meet later on Thursday to discuss the war.

According to local media, Turkey’s offer to mediate talks between Russia and Ukraine and Western powers is also on the table.

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Since Moscow invaded its neighbour in February, NATO member Turkey has positioned itself as a broker between Ukraine and Russia.

Ankara earlier this week warned that Russia and Ukraine were moving away from a diplomatic solution, making the outcome of a prolonged war even more complicated.

Erdogan on Wednesday met Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev in Astana, where the two were pictured playing table tennis after signing six agreements on everything from security to trade.

Images from the game between the two men in their late 60s in shirts and ties under a chandelier were a hit on social media, among other reasons for Erdogan’s unusual handling of the paddle.

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