Turkey-Russia solidarity in settling regional crises strengthens their ties: Erdogan


Turkey-Russia solidarity in settling regional crises strengthens their ties: Erdogan

Special emphasis will be given to the latest developments in the Syrian cities of Idlib and Afrin, the Turkish president told reporters in Istanbul before his departure for Sochi.

The joint efforts of Russia, Turkey and Iran on a settlement of the Syrian conflict are paying off, as the level of violence has decreased in the country, Vladimir Putin said after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi.

"We are looking to take joint steps with Russian Federation on these issues", said Erdogan.

"Then a political method should be sought in Syria, ways to head into elections should be examined".

Putin said Monday that relations between Moscow and Ankara have been "restored practically in full".

In response to a question on Russian Federation and the United States rejecting a military solution to the conflict in Syria, Erdogan said, "those who do not believe in a military solution in Syria should pull their troops out". Asked if the two discussed Erdogan's earlier comments, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the talks were about more complex issues which could not be made public, according to RIA news agency.

However, Erdogan says he doesn't see neither Russian Federation, nor the USA pulling out of Syria anytime soon.

The current trip will also take Erdogan to Kuwait and Qatar. "The world is not stupid, some realities are being told differently and practiced differently", he said. The U.S. -led coalition says it does not discuss the location of its forces.

Russian Federation has backed Syrian President Bashar Assad, while Turkey has supported his foes.