Putin, Erdogan discuss Russia's proposals on security guarantees

Source : 112 Ukraine

Putin and Erdogan agreed to maintain contact, the Kremlin press service said
11:56, 3 January 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan
RIA Novosti

Presidents of Russia and Turkey Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan have held a telephone conversation, reaffirming their determination to boost partnership between the two countries, the Kremlin press service said in a statement.

"Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan wished each other a happy New Year, reviewed bilateral cooperation and reaffirmed their determination to continue boosting mutually beneficial partnership between Russia and Turkey," the statement reads.

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The parties also touched upon global issues, including the recent proposals on developing legally binding agreements that will guarantee Russia’s security, the situation in the South Caucasus and efforts to resolve the Syrian and Libyan crises.

Putin and Erdogan agreed to maintain contact, the Kremlin press service said.

The call comes as NATO-member Turkey, which has the alliance's second-largest army, has angered Moscow by supplying weapons to Ukraine, including armed drones that were used for the first time against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine in late October.

Turkey has good ties with both Kyiv and Moscow, but it has criticized Moscow's seizure of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and voiced support for Ukraine's territorial integrity.

Russia has amassed about 100,000 troops near its border with Ukraine, raising concerns it is preparing for a possible offensive as it demands sweeping security guarantees from the United States and NATO.

In particular, Moscow wants NATO to deny membership to Ukraine and other former Soviet countries and roll back military deployments in Central and Eastern Europe.

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