Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday called for an end to the "Russian-Ukrainian crisis" saying the seven-month war had sent a "wave of shock" around the globe.
In his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Erdoğan said, "war will never have a triumph, and a fair peace process will not have a loser."
Erdoğan called on the world to "support the peaceful initiatives of Turkey to settle this dispute once and for all. We need a dignified way out of this crisis. And that can only be possible through a diplomatic solution which is rational, which is fair, and which is applicable."
Some background: The president has played the role of a key party in a UN-brokered deal between Moscow and Kyiv to allow a resumption of grain shipments from the Black sea ports in Ukraine.
Erdoğan called this agreement "one of the greatest accomplishments of the United Nations in the recent decades."
He said Turkey is investing in efforts to bring the war to an end and urged international organizations and other countries to its efforts.
"We are investing tremendous efforts in order to ensure that the war will be finalized by protecting the territorial integrity and the sovereignty of Ukraine once and for all,” Erdoğan said, adding, “we would like to launch an appeal to all the international organizations and countries of the world to to support peaceful initiatives of Turkey to settle this dispute."