Turkey urges Russia to end the attack on Ukraine

Turkey FM says there is ‘momentum’ towards an agreement between Russia, Ukraine

Feb 26, 2022: According to a report by AFP, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu asked Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov to end the attack on Ukraine during a phone call.

Turkey has repeatedly called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “unacceptable” and has offered to mediate between Moscow and Kyiv. An official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Cavusoglu told Lavrov that further military tensions would not benefit anyone.

Sources said that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while talking to his Ukrainian counterpart Vladimir Zelensky on the phone, offered his condolences on the loss of life in the Russian attack and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. Erdogan said Turkey was working toward declaring an immediate ceasefire in order to “prevent further casualties and prevent further damage to Ukraine.”

The foreign minister conveyed Turkey’s stance saying, “readiness to host negotiations that could take place between the Russian Federation and Ukraine,” according to the diplomatic source.

Ankara which is highly dependent on Russia for its energy needs is in a delicate balancing act since the attack.

The Council of Europe on Friday said it was suspending all representatives of Russia from the pan-European rights body over Moscow’s attack against Ukraine. Turkey abstained during the vote.

In a televised interview late on Friday, Cavusoglu said: “We don’t want to cut off the dialogue” with Russia.

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