FM Cavushoglu en route to Russia, Ukraine to thaw tensions - Erdogan

Türkiye Materials 15 March 2022 22:42 (UTC +04:00)

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavushoglu will travel to Russia and Ukraine as Turkey intensifies diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the ongoing invasion, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a press conference late Tuesday, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah.

"FM Cavushoglu will travel to Russian capital Moscow tomorrow, then to Ukraine within the scope of our efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the war," he said in a speech after a Cabinet meeting at Ankara's Presidential Complex.

Saying that Turkey pursues a policy that defends the preservation of countries’ territorial integrities as well as sovereignties, Erdogan added: "We are deeply saddened by the fact that the tension between Ukraine and Russia, both of which are our neighbors through the Black Sea, has turned into a hot conflict. We exerted much effort in order for the crisis not to turn into a tragedy and continue to do so."

He added that in his talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Russian President Vladimir Putin he underlined the need for the solution of problems through dialogue and diplomacy instead of hard power. "We openly voiced that our region, which is struggling with instability, cannot stand new crises, especially a war that will have heavy costs," Erdogan said.