Macron: I agreed with Erdogan to work for a ceasefire in Ukraine

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French President Emmanuel Macron said he agreed with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to work for a ceasefire in Ukraine and a lasting peace.

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In a press statement after the emergency summit of NATO heads of government and countries on Thursday, Macron made it clear that he agreed with Erdogan’s view that the Russian-Ukrainian war could not be resolved in the short term.

He added that he and Erdogan had decided to organize a joint humanitarian operation in Ukraine, especially in the city of Mariupol.

Macron stated that he discussed with Erdogan also regional issues, noting that the current situation constitutes an opportunity to remove existing ambiguities and suspicions with Turkey.

He stressed the possibility of redefining a strategy based on cooperation with Turkey on Libya and the Middle East and making progress on the differences of opinion that were in the past years.

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He pointed out that, if necessary, sanctions against Russia will be tightened, expressing his country’s refusal to be a party to the war.

On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in the Belgian capital, Brussels.

The two leaders held the meeting at NATO headquarters on the sidelines of the emergency summit of NATO heads of government and countries, which started on Thursday.