Paris (Times Of Ocean)- French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he will work with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on a “cease-fire” and an agreement for “lasting peace” in Ukraine.
After the NATO and G7 summits, Macron told a news conference that he is in coordination with leaders who speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Macron said Erdogan and he have the “same perspective” on the Russian-Ukrainian war, and the two leaders also agreed to a joint humanitarian operation in Ukraine, especially in Mariupol.
Macron said he discussed regional issues with Erdogan during the meeting, noting that the current situation offers a good opportunity to clarify the uncertainties with Turkey.
According to Macron, progress can be made on issues with Turkiye where they have differed in the past, adding that a strategy based on cooperation on Libya and the Middle East could be redefined.
According to the UN, at least 1,035 civilians have been killed in Ukraine since Russia launched the war on Feb. 24. It has warned, however, that the actual death toll is likely to be higher as it hasn’t been able to access areas of increased hostilities.
According to the UN refugee agency, 3.6 million Ukrainians have also fled to neighboring countries.