Putin and Erdogan talked about fighting terrorism and de-escalation in Idlib

Source : 112 Ukraine

Turkish and Russian leaders held a press conference on the results of negotiations in Sochi
20:38, 3 May 2017

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian president Vladimir Putin discussed creation of de-escalation zone near Idlib province in Syria. This was reported by Turkish Head of State during press conference in Sochi at the end of the meting, according to TASS.

"Unfortunately, some problems sometimes surface in Idlib. A so-called ‘green zone,’ or a de-escalation zone, has been set up there. We hope and wish that that zone would continue to operate. Today, we have used a map to discuss this issue with Mr. President," Erdogan said.

According to Turkish president, people of Turkey and Syria are "tied historically, and Ankara cannot remain silent to grief of Syrians," Anadolu agency reported.

"Terrorists are the common enemy of the whole humanity. There is no difference between terrorist acts in Brussels, Moscow or Istanbul. Fight against terrorism is the general aim of all countries. We will not allow terrorists to strengthen their positions near Turkish borders and will take all necessary measures in this direction," Erdogan noted.

As the Kremlin press service informed, Putin congratulated Erdogan on the results of referendum held in Turkey.

"It is our view that the domestic political situation will gradually return to normal, and this will create new opportunities for further developing our bilateral relations. Many of the steps we are planning have a conceptual nature and require our parliaments’ support," Putin said.

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