Upcoming talks between Erdogan and Putin on the Ukrainian crisis

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that there are upcoming phone talks between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about the crisis between Moscow and Kiev.

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In a speech at the Federation Council (the upper house of the Russian parliament) on Wednesday, he added that Turkish-Russian relations are based on friendship and continue well.

He explained that a phone call is being prepared between the Turkish and Russian presidents.

He expressed his belief that the phone conversations between the two leaders will also witness the discussion of Turkish mediation in the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

And Monday, in response to a question about the possibility of Turkey playing the role of mediator between Russia and Ukraine.

President Erdoğan emphasized that his country stands for peace in the region, especially with regard to the Turks of Crimea.

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In a statement on his return from a foreign visit, Erdogan stressed that Ankara is willing to participate in addressing the tension between Russia and Ukraine through dialogue between the two sides.

Relations between Kiev and Moscow have been experiencing escalating tension for nearly 7 years due to Russia’s illegal annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea and its support for separatists loyal to it in the “Donbass”.