ANKARA, March 1 (Reuters) - Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar on Tuesday told his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu about the urgent need for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine for humanitarian reasons, Turkey's Defence Ministry said.
NATO ally Turkey borders Ukraine and Russia in the Black Sea and has good ties with both. On Monday, Turkey said it had asked all countries not to cross its straits into the Black Sea under a 1936 pact, limiting passage of some Russian warships.
In a phone call, Akar told Shoigu that Turkey would continue efforts for regional peace and shipments of humanitarian aid, the ministry said on Twitter.
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