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Mediation efforts to end Ukraine war at dead end as Moscow rebuffs Turkey, Gulf states

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Astana, on Oct 13, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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LONDON - Turkey and several Middle Eastern countries have offered to mediate a negotiated end to the war in Ukraine, even as Russian troops continue to lose ground to a solid Ukrainian military offensive.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Thursday in the Kazakhstan capital of Astana, is the chief promoter of these efforts.

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