Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, discussed the escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and blamed Western countries for the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, the Turkish leader’s office reported on the social network X.
“During the meeting, the leaders of the two countries discussed the escalation of the conflict between Israel and Palestine and the humanitarian crisis in the region,” the report says.
It is clarified that Erdogan said during the conversation that “the silence of Western states has brought the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip to an inevitable level.” The Turkish leader also added that Ankara will continue to make every effort to ensure calm in the region.
The Kremlin has not yet reported the telephone conversation between Erdogan and Putin.
The previous time the presidents of Turkey and Russia discussed the conflict in the Middle East was on October 10. The Kremlin press service reported that the parties expressed their readiness to facilitate the resumption of dialogue and declared the need for a ceasefire. A long-term peaceful settlement of this crisis, Putin and Erdogan believe, is possible only on the basis of a “two-state” formula approved by the UN Security Council, which provides for the creation of an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with its capital in East Jerusalem.
On the morning of October 7, the Gaza-based Palestinian group Hamas attacked Israel. The Israel Defense Forces responded by launching Operation Iron Swords, striking hundreds of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip. The government of the Jewish state announced that the country had entered a state of war.
On October 20, Erdogan called on the Israeli government not to expand its attacks on civilians and to immediately stop genocidal operations.