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Turkey expects ‘clear picture’ on war in Ukraine by spring

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Friday he expected a “clear picture” on the war in Ukraine by spring, while shelling and clashes continued and the Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin was open to negotiations, Reuters reported.

“Now Ukraine is advancing on the ground, retaking some of their occupied territories. But Russia in return is deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure. So life is getting difficult, for Ukrainians particularly, and for all of us,” Çavuşoğlu said at a forum in Rome.

“I think before the spring we will have a clear picture about a ceasefire or a truce or the negotiating table. But we will not give up. We will continue our efforts,” Çavuşoğlu said.

Russia’s war against Ukraine became more complicated with the fighting on the ground getting heavier, Çavuşoğlu said, adding that some Western countries should do more to get the two sides to the negotiating table.

Putin was “open to negotiations” on Ukraine, but the West must accept Moscow’s demands, the Kremlin said on Friday, a day after US President Joe Biden said he was willing to talk if Putin were looking for a way to end the war.

After more than nine months of fighting and with winter tightening its grip, Western countries are trying to boost aid for Ukraine as it reels from Russian missile and drone attacks targeting key energy infrastructure that have left millions without heat, electricity and water.

Fighting is raging in eastern Ukraine, while Russian forces in the southern Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions remain on the defensive.

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