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Turkey, Netherlands patch up relations amid Ukraine crisis

Arriving for a top-level visit in Ankara after years of tense relations, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says he would like Turkey to join sanctions against Russia but understands Ankara’s unique position.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) welcomes Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (R).

Arriving for a top visit to the Turkish capital after years of strained bilateral ties, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte expressed support for Ankara’s mediation efforts between Ukraine and Russia.

Rutte arrived in Ankara Tuesday on the last leg of his three-leg tour that included Lithuania and Poland ahead of a NATO summit on Ukraine scheduled for March 24.

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