Turkish Erdogan and German Scholz will meet in Ankara on Ukraine | world news


ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will discuss the war in Ukraine with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during talks in Ankara on Monday, his office said, as the two countries continue efforts to secure a ceasefire 19 days after the Russian invasion.

Turkey, a NATO member, shares a maritime border with Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea and enjoys good relations with both. He said the invasion was unacceptable and expressed support for Ukraine, but also opposed sanctions on Moscow, while offering mediation.

Ukraine said on Sunday it was working with Turkey and Israel as mediators to establish a venue and framework for talks with Russia, after Turkey hosted foreign ministers from warring nations for the first high-level talks last week.

Monday’s visit will mark Scholz’s first trip to Turkey since taking office in December 2021 and comes amid efforts by Germany to engage with Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the invasion of Moscow. Germany and France played a leading role within the European Union to end the war.

“Besides bilateral relations, an exchange of views should take place on other regional and international issues, mainly Ukraine and Turkey-EU relations,” the Turkish presidency said.

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Turkey says it can facilitate peace talks between Ukraine and Russia, but says a ceasefire and humanitarian corridors are needed first.

Turkey says it has citizens in areas affected by the fighting and has asked Moscow to help evacuate them while delivering humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Russia calls its operation a “special military operation” aimed at capturing what it considers dangerous nationalists in Ukraine.

(Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Jonathan Spicer and Gareth Jones)

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