President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
During the meeting, Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and recent developments were discussed. During the meeting, Erdoğan expressed his condolences to Ukrainian citizens who lost their lives in the Russian attack and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.
It was said that Erdogan told Zelensky: “We are working to declare a ceasefire as soon as possible.”
THANK YOU FROM ZELENSKY
Zelensky, in a statement on his Twitter account, expressed his gratitude to Erdogan and the Turkish nation. “The ban on the passage of Russian warships to the Black Sea is extremely important for Ukraine today as a military and humanitarian support. The Ukrainian people will never forget it,” Zelensky said.
Speaking to journalist Ragıp Soylu, a Turkish official said Turkey has yet to make such a decision. Additionally, a Turkish official with knowledge of the matter told Reuters that Turkey had not decided to close the Dardanelles and Istanbul straits to Russian ships.
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EXPLANATION FROM RUSSIA
According to the Interfax report; Russia said no official statement had been made by Turkey regarding the closure of the strait to Russian warships.
ISTANBUL COASTAL SECURITY DIRECTORATE: THE STRAITS ARE OPEN TO RUSSIAN VESSELS
In a statement given to Sputnik by the Istanbul Coastal Police Department, it was informed that the straits of Turkey are open to the passage of Russian ships. spokesperson,”The gorges are open. We have not been informed of such a decision.” noted.