Çavuşoğlu and Lavrov discuss the war in Ukraine during a phone call

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov had a phone call on Wednesday and discussed the latest situation in Ukraine.

Turkey is one of the most active countries in ensuring a permanent ceasefire between Ukraine and Russia. His delicately balanced act of assuming a mediating role by keeping the channels of communication open with the two warring parties offers a beacon of hope in diplomatic efforts to find a solution and achieve peace in the Ukraine crisis. With its unique position of maintaining friendly relations with Russia and Ukraine, Turkey has been widely praised for its efforts to end the war.

Since the start of the conflict, Ankara has offered to mediate between the two sides and host peace talks, stressing its support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. While Ankara has opposed international sanctions aimed at isolating Moscow, it has also closed its straits to prevent some Russian ships from crossing them.

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