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Turkish defense minister speaks with Russian counterpart, praises Russia-Ukraine talks

Baku, March 8, AZERTAC

Praising talks between Moscow and Kyiv amid the war in Ukraine, the Turkish defense minister on Tuesday told his Russian counterpart that negotiations between the two countries could make a permanent solution possible, according to Anadolu Agency.

"Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine will contribute significantly to establishing peace, stability, and improving the humanitarian situation, and thus a permanent solution will be possible," Hulusi Akar told his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoygu by phone, said a Turkish Defense Ministry statement.

Discussing the latest developments in the war in Ukraine, Akar stressed the importance of declaring a cease-fire across Ukraine immediately for peace and stability with no further casualties.

Efforts to open humanitarian corridors for the evacuation of civilians are also welcome, he said.

Akar also voiced his expectation of support for commercial ships waiting at Russian ports coming to Turkiye safely amid the current situation.

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