Orthodox Christians in The province of Antalya, in the south of Turkey, met on sunday and pray for peace like military The clashes between Ukraine and Russia have entered the fourth day.
The prayers were held in a church of the Association of Russian-Speaking Orthodox Believers in Alanya district, and Moscow Orthodox priest Dmitry Bogatyr headed the event.
“We invite all warring parties to peace. We do not want people for die”, he said, adding that the two countries had deep historical relations and peace should take it away so that innocent people would not suffer.
Constantine Sorkin, a Russian citizen, said he was deeply upset with the ongoing war. “I hope that a peace treaty will be signed as soon like possible … We will be the same once peace is restored. What matters is unity and solidarity now,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pope France has called on everyone pray for an end to the war. In a tweet, he said: “I renew my invitation for everyone to participate on March 2, Ash Wednesday, in one day of Prayer and fasting for Peace in Ukraine, in in order to be close to the suffering Ukrainian people, to realize that we are all brothers and sisters, and to implore God for the end of the war.”
Turkey on Sunday formally acknowledged Russia’s attacks on Ukraine as a “State of war” and declared that he was implementing a international treaty giving Ankara the power limit the passage of warships in the strategic straits of the Dardanelles and the Bosphorus.
Ankara had called the Russian invasion a “military operation”, but Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu declared: “It is no longer a military operation but a state of war.”
“In this case, of course, whatever of them, it can be Russia or Ukraine, on applies the Montreux Agreement”, he added.
“In case of a war in of which Turkey is not a partyTurkey can shut down the strait for countries who are involved in war. Section 19 of the Montreux Convention is explicit,” he said.
Çavuşoglu also underlined highlighted exception in the convention, claiming that Turkey had not son say in the return of warships of Warring States back at their ports or naval bases in home countries.
Emphasizing that the process should to be transparent, Çavuşoğlu said that Russian ships linked to bases in the Black Sea were currently gift in the Mediterranean.
“Of course there should no exploitation here. I mean, (those ships) should not be involved in war … We will implement all provisions of Montreux in this way, in transparently,” he said.
Çavuşoglu also welcomed the upcoming talks between Ukrainian and Russian officials and underlined the need for a lasting stop-fire.
“This crisis must end. At least the first step should To be taken with a ceasefirefire,” he said.
“We are really happy that they (Ukraine and Russia) have reached such an agreement. God willing, the negotiations for Tomorrow will be lead to a ceasefirefire.”
The Montreux Convention of 1936 governs free movement of merchant ships in peacetime through the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles Strait and grants Turkey the right to block warships in time of war if threatened.
Ukraine officially asked Turkey to close the Dardanelles Strait – and therefore access to the Black Sea – to Russian ships.
Turkey, a member of NATO, which maintains close ties with Russia and Ukraine, did not immediately respond to this request.
But Çavuşoğlu said Turkey could not prevent Russian and Ukrainian ships from entering the Black Sea due to Article 19 of the agreement which allows vessels of the coastal States to return to their home based.
He said if the ship is registered in home the basis was clear and warned against any abuse.
“This should not be involved in war after declaring it will return to base and cross the Bosphorus,” minister noted.
Turkey has strong relations with Russia and Ukraine and offered to host talks between their leaders.
“We called several times for a diplomatic solution, but war is a reality right now,” presidential communications director Fahrettin Altun tweeted. on Sunday.
Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalın said earlier on Sunday: “The fourth day of the Ukrainian war, we repeat President Erdoğan’s speech call for an immediate stop of Russian attacks and start of to cease-fire negotiations.”
Turkish senior civil servants also continued to conduct diplomatic exchanges for a solution to the crisis.
Çavuşoğlu spoke by phone on Sunday with son Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the latest developments in Ukraine, which was the target of Russian military intervention.
the main the subjects of the conversation was a possible to cease-fire and the humanitarian situation, including the evacuation of civilians, according to a Foreign Office briefing.
sunday was a busy daytime for Çavuşoğlu while talking to several counterparts by phone, including Ukrainian Dmytro Kuleba. Details on however, the conversation was not disclosed.
The Turkish diplomat also held talks on Ukraine with Estonian Foreign Minister Eva-Maria Liimets with Dutch counterparts Wopke Hoekstra and Helga Schmid, the secretary-general of the organization for Security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
In addition, he spoke about the humanitarian aid issue and efforts to ensure a ceasefirefire in Ukraine during a conversation with United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military transaction” in Ukraine last Thursday, a few days after recognizing two enclaves held by the separatists in Eastern Ukraine. He claimed that Moscow did not have plans to occupy son neighbor but wanted to “demilitarize” and “denazify” Ukraine.
Putin has also order son defense chiefs to put “deterrent forces” on high alert level, saying that the grand NATO countries to have made “aggressive statements” about Russia.
At least 368,000 Ukrainians have since fled the country, according to the UN Refugee Agency.
In response, Western powers imposed financial punishments on Moscow and decided to supply Ukraine with weapons and ammunition. The European Union has also decided to close son airspace to Russian airlines and to ban the Russian state media.
According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian and Russian officials will meet for talks in a place on the belarusian border with Ukraine.