Erdogan and Putin discuss improving ties, ending Ukraine war

Erdogan and Putin discuss improving ties, ending Ukraine war
The Turkish and Russian presidents have spoken on the phone about Ukraine, with Erdogan expressing willingness to help resolve the war.
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Erdogan expressed willingness to help resolve the Ukraine conflict [Getty]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin about improving bilateral ties.

The Turkish leader repeated Ankara's willingness to do its part to peacefully resolve the war in Ukraine, Erdogan's office said on Friday.

The latest developments in Ukraine, which Russia invaded earlier this year, were also discussed in the call, according to Turkey's Directorate of Communications.

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NATO member Turkey has close relations with both Ukraine and Russia and has sought to balance ties during the war, rejecting Western sanctions on Moscow while criticising the Russian invasion and supplying Kyiv with armed drones.

Along with the United Nations, Turkey brokered the July deal to unlock Ukrainian grain exports from its Black Sea ports, in what remains the only significant diplomatic breakthrough in the seven-month-old conflict.

Ankara's relations with Russia are complex, with the two countries cooperating closely on energy supplies while being at odds over Syria, Libya and Azerbaijan.