ANKARA, April 11. /TASS/. Turkey wants Russia and Ukraine to resolve their current disagreements in a peaceful manner at the soonest possible time, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday.
"Yesterday we met with Ukrainian President [Vladimir Zelensky]. We want them to find peaceful solutions to their disputes as soon as possible. We are doing our best in this regard," the Millyet daily reported citing Erdogan, who did not elaborate what Ankara’s efforts were in question.
Meanwhile, on Saturday after his talks with Zelensky, Erdogan said that Turkey stayed ready to provide "the required support" to resolve the conflict in eastern Ukraine based on the Minsk accords. The Turkish leader was hopeful that "the alarming escalation <…> will stop at the soonest possible time, the ceasefire will hold and the conflict will be solved via a dialogue based on the Minsk agreements."
"We are ready to provide any necessary support in this regard," he added.
Tensions has begun escalating in Donbass since late February despite the agreement on additional measures for enforcing ceasefire of July 22, 2020. Intensive fire exchanges resumed along the engagement line. Casualties, including civilian ones, have been reported by both sides. Ukraine pinned the blame for escalation on the Donbass republics. For their turn, Donetsk and Lugansk said that Kiev’s non-compliance with the July agreements had triggered it.