Erdogan urges Putin to declare Ukraine ceasefire, sign peace deal

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepare to enter a hall for their talks at the Bocharov Ruchei residence, in Sochi, Russia, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. The presidents of Russia and Turkey met in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday in a bid to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis around a rebel-held region in Syria. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to declare a ceasefire in Ukraine, open humanitarian corridors and sign a peace agreement, his office said.

In a statement after an hourlong phone call, the Turkish presidency said Erdogan told Putin that Turkey was ready to contribute to a peaceful resolution of the conflict, adding he stated that a ceasefire would ease concerns over the humanitarian situation.

“President Erdogan renewed his call of ‘let’s pave the way for peace together’,” his office said. “Erdogan emphasised the importance of taking urgent steps to achieve a ceasefire, open humanitarian corridors and sign a peace agreement.”

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