Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized Kyiv’s “destructive” policy and increasing supplies of Western weapons to Ukraine in a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Erdogan, the Kremlin press office said.
Putin said that the Ukrainian authorities were following a “destructive line” and that they had “bet on intensifying military actions with the support of Western sponsors, who are increasing the supply of weapons and military equipment.”
He also accused Kyiv of rejecting his offer to end hostilities on Christmas Day, which is celebrated on January 7 by Orthodox Christians in Russia and Ukraine.
Moscow then unilaterally declared a truce but then accused Ukraine of violating it, while fighting on both sides effectively continued unabated.
At the end of last week, Great Britain promised 14 Challenger 2 tanks to Ukraine.
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Kyiv could expect more deliveries of heavy weapons.
For his part, Erdogan has stated that he is ready to “facilitate and mediate the establishment of lasting peace between Russia and Ukraine.”
The Kremlin also said Putin and Erdogan discussed exchanging Russian and Ukrainian prisoners of war, including wounded soldiers.
The two have confirmed their priorities for supplies of Russian gas and creating a regional gas hub in Turkey.
The President of Russia and the President of Turkey also discussed the implementation of the arrangements for the export of grain from Ukraine and the export of products and fertilizers from Russia.