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Telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

March 17, 2022

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Issues on the bilateral agenda were discussed in detail, and the recent talks between the foreign ministers in Moscow and Antalya were characterised as positive. The two leaders reaffirmed their intention to continue developing mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation, including the implementation of strategic projects in the energy sector.

Various aspects of developments related to the special military operation to protect Donbass were discussed. Vladimir Putin also informed his counterpart about the talks between Russian and Ukrainian representatives.

Special focus during the conversation was made on humanitarian issues. Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed gratitude for facilitating the evacuation of Turkish citizens from Ukraine and the safe exit of Turkish cargo ships from Azov Sea ports.

The two leaders agreed to maintain contacts at various levels.

March 17, 2022