Erdogan urges end to war in Ukraine 'as soon as possible'
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Erdogan has been trying to use his good working relations with Moscow to try and persuade Putin to hold direct ceasefire talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Turkey.
He told a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in ex-Soviet Uzbekistan that Turkey was making diplomatic efforts to end the war.
"We are making sincere efforts to deliver the grain to those who need it most, especially our brothers and sisters in Africa," Erdogan said.
Erdogan was due to hold a private meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the Samarkand summit later Friday.
Erdogan argues that this "balanced" position is required because of Turkey's heavy dependence on Russian energy supplies.