Turkey strives to resolve hostage crisis between Russia and Ukraine – Erdogan

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Turkish President Erdogan says Ankara’s approach to Ukraine and Russia has paid off, resulting in an agreement to exchange 200 hostages as conflict nears of the 209th day.

A man walks down a damaged street in the town of Kupyansk, recently liberated by Ukrainian armed forces, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in the Kharkiv region of Ukraine in this photo released on 19 September 2022. (Reuters)

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Turkey strives to resolve hostage crisis between Russia and Ukraine – Erdogan

Turkey is working to resolve a hostage crisis between Russia and Ukraine to defuse tensions between the two countries, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

“We are now working to resolve the hostage crisis. We are taking action and we have reached a certain point. On the other hand, we have taken action regarding the grain corridor,” Erdogan said in an interview with the show American television company PBS NewsHour. .

“I had long meetings with (Russian President Vladimir) Putin in Uzbekistan. I realized that they were actually trying to end this as soon as possible,” he said, noting that the hostage crisis is a huge problem for both parties.

“At this stage, for example, an agreement was reached on the exchange of 200 hostages,” Erdogan said.

UK to provide at least $2.6 billion in aid to Ukraine – report

British Prime Minister Liz Truss will tell world leaders this week that the UK will next year match or exceed the 2.3 billion pounds ($2.63 billion) it has pledged to support efforts of Ukraine against Russia in 2022, reported the Financial Times.

It comes as British politics returns to the fore on Tuesday after Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, with Truss heading to his first major summit in New York.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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