• Putin, Erdogan agree to boost military coordination in Syria: Kremlin

The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Rajab Tayyib Erdoghan have agreed to strengthen Ankara-Moscow military and security coordination in Syria.

According to reports, in a telephone conversation on Thursday, Putin and Erdoghan discussed a number of issues including the Syria crisis and the situation in Idlib and Afrin regions.

“It is agreed to strengthen coordination of the actions of the armed forces and special services of Russia and Turkey in order to combat terrorist groups that violate the ceasefire regime,” the Kremlin said.

The two leaders also agreed for speeding up the process of establishing new observation posts near the de-escalation zones and exchanged views on the situation in eastern Ghouta, near Damascus.

They also discussed the prospects for new contacts between Russia, Turkey and Iran on Syria.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said a possible summit meeting between the presidents of the three countries was discussed, but no date has been agreed.

The last Syria summit attended by Turkish, Russian and Iranian presidents was held in the Russian Black Sea city of Sochi on November 22.

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Feb 08, 2018 15:13 UTC
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