Erdogan offers to help end Russia-Ukraine war; Kremlin rules him out as intermediary

ANKARA: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Wednesday that Ankara could help end the Ukraine-Russia war, but Putin’s spokesman said Erdogan could not play the role of mediator in the 28-month conflict. Speaking to Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Kazakhstan, Erdogan said he believed a just peace satisfactory to both sides was possible, the Turkish presidency said. However, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov ruled out any role as a mediator for the Turkish leader.

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