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Ukraine war

Erdogan pushes for Putin-Zelenskyy summit in Turkey

Progress seen in talks but no signs of Russian leader willing to meet

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a February visit to Kyiv. Erdogan has sought to play a mediating role since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.   © Reuters

ISTANBUL -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his offer to Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by phone Friday that Turkey is ready to host a summit between Russia and Ukraine for debate on difficult issues such as Crimea and the Donbas region of Ukraine.

Erdogan said Tuesday's meeting in Istanbul between Russian and Ukrainian negotiators was constructive and raised hopes for peace, according to a statement from the Turkish presidential office.

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