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Turkey, Germany extend call to Russia for cease-fire

During German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s first visit to Ankara, both leaders maintain that they want to help Ukraine defend itself while seeking a diplomatic solution.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands.

As Russian forces pounded away at Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan extended a joint call from Ankara for an immediate cease-fire. 

“Every day, every bomb drifts Russia further from the world community,” Scholz, who arrived in Turkey on a lightning visit on Monday, said at a press conference at the end of the talks. “[Turkey and Germany] agree on the issue of reaching a cease-fire as soon as possible. Safe corridors are needed so that people can safely leave dangerous areas.”

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