Putin hosts Turkey's president for talks focusing on Syria

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2017

Putin opened Monday's meeting at Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi by saying that relations Moscow and Ankara have been "restored practically in full".

November 13, 2017 (EIRNS)-Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met today for the fifth time this year in Sochi, at the invitation of Russia.

Ankara is seeking to isolate the party in order to prevent its linking up with other Kurdish regions in northern Syria.

Russian Federation and Turkey, together with Iran, have agreed on de-escalation zones in Syria that helped reduce the fighting.

The last meeting between Erdogan and Putin was on September 28 in Turkey's capital Ankara with talks on Iraq and Syria issues.

"If a military solution [in Syria] is out of the question, then those who say this [Russia and the US] should pull their troops out ... and steps for a political solution should be taken", he said.

Moscow has deployed military force in Syria to support the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey has backed elements within the armed Syrian opposition. He also informed Putin about his plans to visit Kuwait and Qatar after Sochi.

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