Prime Minister Speaks to President Erdogan of Turkey

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has spoken to President Erdogan of Turkey, discussing a range of issues including the current NATO situation and threat of military action in Ukraine.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said:

“They shared significant concerns about the build-up of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border, and emphasised NATO’s collective resolve to avoid further escalation. They committed to continue working through NATO to reach a resolution.

The leaders also agreed to further strengthen our bilateral security and defence cooperation, and to boost trade and investment between the UK and Turkey.

They welcomed the positive outcome at the COP26 Summit and the Prime Minister looked forward to working closely with President Erdoğan to drive further progress on climate change, including on an ambitious emissions reduction target from Turkey.”

A spokesperson for the President said:

“President Erdoğan and UK Prime Minister Johnson exchanged views on the developments in Syria and Ukraine as well as regional and global issues, namely climate and migrants. The call addressed steps aimed at strengthening the cooperation between Türkiye and the UK, particularly in defense industry and trade.”