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

14 November 2017

He was speaking at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Turkish media reported November 13. During the talks, we agreed that a political solution to the Syrian confrontation was possible at present, Erdogan explained, before highlighting the importance of the Moscow-Washington joint statement on Syria, issued in Vietnam.

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Turkey, whose troops are already positioned to the south of Afrin as part of the country's joint mission with Russian Federation to monitor a cease-fire agreement in Idlib province, says the Kurds can now field modern weaponry, including rocket launchers, supplied by the U.S.in the fight against the jihadists. " Erdogan added, "We came to an agreement that, at this moment, there's ground, which allows us to focus on the political resolution" of the Syrian crisis". REUTERS/Pavel Golovkin/PoolTurkey has been annoyed by both Russian and US missions in Syria. The U.S. -led coalition says it does not discuss the location of its forces.

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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. Turkish troops have also fought in Syria to halt the advance of Kurdish YPG forces along its frontier.

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"We've discussed joint steps with Russian Federation", he said at Istanbul's airport before traveling to Sochi. His remarks follow Turkey's recently completed purchase of Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, a defence deal that Turkey's Western allies see as a snub to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance.

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