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Putin, Erdogan Discuss Syria Crisis

Source: Asbarez | Saturday, 10 September 2016
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Photo: EPA/Ivan Sekretarev)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Photo: EPA/Ivan Sekretarev)

MOSCOW (Reuters)—Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the Syria crisis in a phone call on Thursday, the Kremlin said in a statement.

They agreed to continue coordinating efforts to achieve a resolution in Syria, it said.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday it was deeply concerned by the movement of Turkish troops and Ankara-backed Syrian opposition forces deeper into Syria’s territory, which may further aggravate the military and political situation in Syria.

“This calls into question the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic,” the ministry said in a statement.

“We call on Ankara to refrain from any steps which can further destabilize the situation in Syria.”




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