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    Erdogan expressed hope to meet with Putin in the next 3-4 days

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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on October 7 that he expects to have a face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the next three to four days.

    Earlier in the day, the Turkish leader spoke to Putin by phone. According to Erdogan’s office, the heads of state discussed bilateral relations and the situation in Ukraine.

    “Today is Mr. Putin’s birthday. I wanted to congratulate him, and he, in turn, thanked for our mediation [on the Ukrainian crisis]. In addition, it would be good if we could hold a similar meeting on our bilateral relations in three to four days,” the Turkish President told reporters.

    Erdogan also announced the possibility of holding bilateral dialogue, as well as talks on the conflict in Ukraine if Putin attends the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) next week.

    “If Mr. Putin will also be able to come to the Asian talks, we will be able to hold bilateral talks, as well as talks on Russia-Ukraine,” the Turkish leader added. conduct a dialogue both with Putin and with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. He stressed that thanks to the efforts of Ankara, during the negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv, an exchange of prisoners of war took place.

    Turkey is the only NATO country that did not impose anti-Russian sanctions. At the same time, it provides Ukraine with military assistance.

    On February 24, Russia launched a special operation to protect Donbass, against which Kyiv has been conducting military operations since 2014.

    For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.

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