Macron urges Erdogan to combat Russian sanctions dodging

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday urged Turkey’s chief Recep Tayyip Erdogan to “combat” Russian evasion by way of Turkey of Western sanctions imposed over the warfare in Ukraine.

Macron “underlined the priority of combating any evasion of the sanctions in place,” his Elysee Palace workplace mentioned, after he spoke to Erdogan by cellphone on the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of its neighbour.

He added that “strain on and isolation of Russia have to be elevated” to power Moscow to “surrender” on its assault, the presidency mentioned.

Erdogan has been in a position to preserve relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin by refusing to affix Western sanctions on Russia and ramping up bilateral commerce throughout the warfare.

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The Turkish chief has used his good relations with each Moscow and Kyiv to try to mediate an finish to the battle.

Turkey hosted two early rounds of peace talks and helped strike a UN-backed settlement restoring Ukrainian grain deliveries throughout the Black Sea.

Erdogan has additionally repeatedly tried to convey Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Turkey for truce talks.

His workplace mentioned that he known as for a “simply peace” in Ukraine in a Friday cellphone name with Putin.