Zelenskyy holds phone talks with Turkey’s Erdoğan

20 January, 06:59 PM
Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Office of the President)

Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Photo:Office of the President)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy held phone talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, on Jan. 20.

The Turkish president’s press service said Erdoğan expressed his condolences over the helicopter crash in Brovary, Kyiv Oblast on Jan. 18, which killed 14 people, including Ukraine’s interior minister.

He also confirmed that Turkey is ready to “make a significant diplomatic contribution to the establishment of a strong peace” between Ukraine and Russia by acting as a mediator.

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In addition, Turkey is ready to help settle the situation at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant, Erdoğan told Zelenskyy.

According to Erdogan, the work is also underway on the exchange of prisoners.

The Office of the President of Ukraine has not yet reported details of the talks.

Zelenskyy and Erdoğan last spoke on Jan. 5. They discussed the occupation of the Ukrainian Zaporizhzhya NPP, the prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia, as well as the Black Sea grain deal.

On Jan. 16, Erdoğan held talks with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

Earlier, Turkish Ombudsman Şeref Malkoç said Erdoğan wants to discuss the establishment of a humanitarian corridor for the wounded with Zelenskyy and Putin.

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