Putin hosts Turkey's president for talks focusing on Syria

Mikhail Dzhaparidze  TASS

Mikhail Dzhaparidze TASS

He was speaking at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Turkish media reported November 13.

"I'm going to emphasize that our relations can be considered re-established nearly in their entirety", Vladimir Putin said on Monday, welcoming Recep Tayyip Erdogan to his vacation home in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Efe news reported.

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

"We've discussed joint steps with Russian Federation", he said at Istanbul's airport before traveling to Sochi.

Erdogan said another topic in his meeting with Putin will be the Syrian congress for national dialogue, which was originally slated for November 18 in Sochi but was put off due to Ankara's opposition over the invitation of Syrian Kurdish groups.

The two leaders mainly focused on economic relations between Turkey and Russian Federation, underlining the success of normalization process.

Speaking after a closed meeting in Sochi, Putin said the Astana framework created necessary conditions for United Nations intervention to protect Syrian refugees and that Russian Federation would continue to work with Turkey to help resolve the crisis. He also informed Putin about his plans to visit Kuwait and Qatar after Sochi.

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