Erdogan Calls For End To 'Worrying' Developments In East Ukraine After Meeting Zelenskiy.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called for an end to what he described as "worrying" developments in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region after meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on April 10.
The meeting, which lasted more than three hours in Istanbul, was part of a previously scheduled visit but coincided with increased tensions between Kyiv and Moscow over the long-running conflict in eastern Ukraine. Erdogan expressed his concern about the current fraught situation at a news conference alongside Zelenskiy, adding that he hoped the conflict would be resolved peacefully through dialogue and in line with Ukraine's territorial integrity. Zelenskiy said Kyiv and Ankara share the same view on threats in the Black Sea region and the response to those threats. Zelenskiy, who visited troops in the Donbas region two days ago, said he had briefed Erdogan on the situation in detail. Major movements of Russian armed forces toward or near Ukraine's borders and into Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula have been captured in photographs, video, and other data, fueling concerns that Moscow may be preparing to send forces into eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin has rejected Western calls to pull back its troops, denying they are a threat while adding that military movements within Russia are an internal sovereign issue. Washington has called Moscow's military buildup "destabilizing," and the White House has expressed concern about the recent troop movements.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken consulted the German and French foreign ministers on April 9 about the need for Russia to cease its military buildup in the occupied Crimean Peninsula and near Ukraine’s eastern borders.
Russia seized Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in March 2014, sending in troops and staging a referendum denounced as illegitimate by at least 100 countries. Since then, overwhelming evidence suggests Russia has continued to lend diplomatic and military aid to armed separatists fighting in the Donbas region. The conflict has killed more than 13,000 people and displaced more than 1 million since April 2014.

With reporting by Reuters and AP

Radio Free Europe

RFE/RL journalists report the news in 22 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established, including Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Russia.

https://www.rferl.org/

Related news

10 things everyone should know about Ukraine

The project tells stories of prominent Ukrainians, historical and cultural events that reshaped Ukraine’s history of the 19th-21th centuries: Ukraine as a battleground of murderous regimes fighting over the territory and its people; Ukraine ...

Euromaidan Press

Lukashenka To Meet Putin Soon As Belarus Plans To Raise Cash.

Lukashenka To Meet Putin Soon As Belarus Plans To Raise Cash.

Alyaksandr Lukashenka will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin later this month as the Belarusian strongman faces growing isolation from the West over his crackdown on peaceful protesters.  The visit is scheduled for the end of May, Kommers...

Radio Free Europe

US Working Crisis Diplomacy as Violence Escalates Between Israel, Palestinians.

US Working Crisis Diplomacy as Violence Escalates Between Israel, Palestinians.

The US is urgently working with Egypt, Jordan and others to end violent conflict between Israel and the militant group Hamas

Pastor arrested for opening church speaks out

Pastor arrested for opening church speaks out

Pastor Artur Pawlowski implores Americans to watch what’s happening to him after he spent three days in jail for opening a church. #FoxNews #Ingraham Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (...

Lawmakers accused of abusing Air Marshal service since Capitol riot.

Lawmakers accused of abusing Air Marshal service since Capitol riot.

Fox News' William La Jeunesse reports on both sides of the aisle abusing the privileges on 'Fox News @ Night.' #FoxNews Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompas...

Biden continues to ignore the science: Dr. Saphier

Biden continues to ignore the science: Dr. Saphier

'Outnumbered' panel reacts to President Biden continuing to wear a mask despite being fully vaccinated and question the timing of the CDC's latest guidance. Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Ch...

Climbing the career ladder - Everything Will Be Okay with Dana Perino.

Climbing the career ladder - Everything Will Be Okay with Dana Perino.

Dana is joined by Lydia Fenet, managing director and global head of strategic partnerships at Christie’s and author of 'The Most Powerful Woman in the Room is You.' Lydia shares advice about commanding a room, how to deal with rejection and the ar...

Glenn Greenwald blasts the Intercept for targeting journalists.

Glenn Greenwald blasts the Intercept for targeting journalists.

Departed co-founder of the Intercept Glenn Greenwald say they're 'not real journalists' on 'The Ingraham Angle.' #FoxNews #Ingraham Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour ...