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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan proposed on Tuesday to raise the Istanbul peace process to the level of leaders to host a summit in Turkey between the presidents of Russia, Vladimir Putin, and Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky.

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In a telephone conversation, Erdogan told Putin that he will continue the positive momentum achieved in last month’s Istanbul talks towards peace between Russia and Ukraine.

During the call, Erdogan stressed the importance of ensuring a ceasefire, operating humanitarian corridors and carrying out evacuations safely on Ukrainian territory, according to the Turkish Directorate of Communications statement.



For its part, the Kremlin press service indicated that “on the situation in Mariupol, raised by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Russian president stressed that the city was liberated and that there is no fighting there.”

In addition, Putin told his Turkish counterpart that the kyiv authorities must “assume political responsibility” and order the Armed Forces and the nationalist battalions blocked at the Azovstal steel plant to lay down their arms.

The Russian president stressed that prisoners of war are “guaranteed life, medical aid and treatment in accordance with the norms of international law.”

Endorgan pointed out that the realization of the proposals presented during the last meeting between the parties in conflict in Turkey will respond to the interests of Russia and Ukraine.

Talks between the Russian and Ukrainian delegations in Istanbul on March 29 were seen as a breakthrough in the push to find a peaceful solution to the conflict that began on February 24.

In March, Turkey brought together the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine in the resort city of Antalya, the first meeting of top government officials from the two sides since the start of the war, which is now more than two months old.

Russia and Ukraine continue negotiations via video link at the level of expert groups, Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Rudenko announced.

“Contacts (via video link) continue at the level of expert groups. We hope that sooner or later they will lead to the results that the president (of Russia) indicated at the beginning of the launch of a special military operation. ”, said the senior diplomat.

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