Yuri Kobzar 18:31, 01/16/23 UNIAN
The Presidents of Turkey and Russia held the second telephone conversation in two weeks.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a telephone conversation with Russian leader Vladimir Putin . This is their second conversation in two weeks.
According to the press service of the Turkish President, during the conversation, the current war in Ukraine and related economic issues were discussed – the operation of the “grain corridor”, the export of Russian ammonia and the supply of Russian grain to Africa through Turkey.
Erdogan recalled that Ankara is ready to become an intermediary between Ukraine and Russia if they start the negotiation process.
According to the Kremlin press service , Putin complained to the Turkish leader about Ukraine, which did not join the “Christmas ceasefire” announced by Russia.
“Vladimir Putin drew attention to the destructive line of the Kyiv regime, which relied on the intensification of hostilities with the support of Western sponsors, increasing the volume of transferred weapons and military equipment. An example of Kyiv’s hypocritical policy was the rejection of the proposal to cease fire for the Orthodox Christmas period,” the report says.
Russian “ceasefire” for Christmas
On January 5, the Turkish president called the Kremlin and suggested that Putin show a gesture of goodwill and declare unilaterally a ceasefire on Orthodox Christmas. On the same day, Putin ordered his troops to cease fire.
Ukraine did not follow the example of Russia. According to NSDC Secretary Danilov , the ceasefire announced by Russia is “a lie and hypocrisy.” And President Zelensky recommended that Russian troops “pick up the toilets and return to their rooms” in order to achieve a real ceasefire.
Quite expectedly, the Russian occupiers did not adhere to the ceasefire declared by their own president.