US, Turkey Urge Political Settlement of Ukrainian Crisis

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US President Barack Obama and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have urged a political settlement for the crisis in Ukraine, while attending the NATO Summit today in Newport, Wales.

WAHINGTON, September 6 (RIA Novosti) - US President Barack Obama and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have urged a political settlement for the crisis in Ukraine, while attending the NATO Summit today in Newport, Wales.

“They discussed the urgent need for effective pressure and diplomacy, aimed at bringing to an end the conflicts in Ukraine and Libya,” the statement by National Security Council’s spokesperson Caitlin Hayden says.

Obama and Erdogan also discussed how to cooperate in the struggle against the Islamic State (IS) and violent extremism in Iraq and Syria, as well as the need for strengthened measures against foreign fighters transiting to and from the battlefield.

NATO summit in Wales concluded Friday afternoon with the alliance’s members making strong statements about plans to improve military readiness, responsiveness, and commitments to Article 5 collective defense principles. There was also a decision for members to extend a 15 million euro fund to Ukraine for economic and military support. Allies were not able to agree on how to approach Russia in the coming period, though it was agreed that further sanctions against Russia would be underway some time in the future.

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