Putin: Syrian agreements collective success of Russian Federation and Turkey


Russian President Vladimir Putin will this week visit Ankara for talks with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan set to touch on Iraq and Syria, both sides announced on Monday.

Erdogan said that the two sides had reaffirmed their determination to work closely and show a "joint will" to end the Syria conflict.

On the Russian side, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, energy minister Alexander Novak, chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov, deputy minister of agriculture Yevgeny Gromyko, presidential envoy for the Syrian settlement Alexander Lavrentiev, the head of Gazprom Alexey Miller, head of Rosatom Alexei Likhachev, Russian Ambassador to Turkey Alexei Erkhov.

"In addition, the parties are co-operating in ensuring regional security, including in Syria", Peskov said, adding that during the visit of Putin to Ankara "the clocks on all these issues will be checked".

Peskov pointed out that re is an important business alliance between Russian Federation and Turkey in regional issues, including Syria, and he used words "These issues will be addressed tomorrow".

Turkey has denounced the September 25 nonbinding referendum in Iraq's Kurdish region and accused its leader, Masud Barzani, of "treachery" for pursuing the vote.

The Syria deal helped warm up ties and restore bilateral trade and the flow of Russian tourists to Turkey, halted in the wake of the 2015 plane incident.

Erdogan underlined the need to prevent "even more serious mistakes", adding that "it's important that the global community sides with Iraq's territorial integrity and political unity".

Earlier this month, Turkey signed a deal with Russian Federation to buy S-400 antiaircraft missile systems in its first major weapons purchase from Moscow.