At the initiative of the Turkish side had a telephone conversation conversation between the leaders of Russia and Turkey Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Discussed, as stated in the press service of the Kremlin, the situation in Syria.
“The leaders held a thorough exchange of views on the situation in Syria. Noted the importance of joint efforts towards fighting terrorism,” — said, in particular, in the message of the Kremlin. Was also “discussed issues of further development of Russian-Turkish cooperation in political, trade-economic spheres in the light of the agreements reached at the meeting in St. Petersburg on August 9”.
They agreed to continue personal contacts on bilateral and international agenda, said the Kremlin. In addition, Putin and Erdogan agreed on the delivery of humanitarian aid to the city of Aleppo, where a fierce battle, reports “RIA Novosti”.
The Erdogan administration also reports about the conversation Putin and Erdogan, writes Reuters. According to the statement, the two leaders agreed to intensify efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance in Aleppo.
Erdogan informed Putin about the operation, which Turkey started two days ago in Syria.
The two leaders agreed to hold a bilateral meeting during the G20 summit in China, according to the Erdogan administration.
The operation in Syria started on Wednesday. Turkey deployed her tanks, aircraft, artillery and special forces. Her goal, Erdogan called the fight against the banned in Russia “Islamic state” (LIH). Turkey-backed Syrian rebels on the eve occupied the city of Jerablus, which is still controlled by ISIS. In addition, targeted the Kurdish people’s protection Units”, which Istanbul accused of organizing terrorist attacks in Turkey.
The Russian foreign Ministry expressed concern about the beginning of the Turkish operation in Syria, and the Syrian authorities called it a violation of its sovereignty.