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Turkey's Erdogan calls on Russia, Ukraine to solve problems through dialogue

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, Turkey, November 20, 2018. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Russia and Ukraine should solve problems between them through dialogue, saying Ankara wanted the Black Sea to be a “sea of peace”.

Erdogan made the comments in a speech to his party’s lawmakers after Ukraine on Monday imposed martial law in parts of the country in response to Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian naval ships at the weekend.

Reporting by Ece Toksabay and Tuvan Gumrukcu; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Dominic Evans