Turkish FM, Russian counterpart to discuss cooperation on Syria

DAILY SABAH WITH REUTERS
ISTANBUL
Published 29.06.2016 17:55
Updated 29.06.2016 18:05
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (L), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) (AFP photo)
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (L), Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) (AFP photo)

Russia and Turkey will most likely resume cooperation in resolving the Syrian crisis after the leaders of the two nations agreed to restore ties in a telephone conversation earlier on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Miniser Sergei Lavrov said.

Lavrov, on a visit to France, also said that he would discuss the Syrian crisis and other issues with his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on the sidelines of a Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) meeting in the Russian resort of Sochi on Friday.

For the first time since the jet downing crisis in November last year, President Erdoğan and Russian President Putin talked on the phone in a positive atmosphere on Wednesday. The two leaders also agreed to meet in person at China's G20 meeting in September.

Shortly after the phone call, Turkish presidential sources said that the meeting had ended on a positive note and that Putin also offered his condolences for the deadly suicide attacks that hit Turkey's largest airport in Istanbul on Tuesday night.

A written statement was released later, which emphasized that both leaders had both expressed determination to revive mutual relations and fight terrorism.

The two leaders also agreed to meet in person, Erdoğan's office said, adding that "necessary steps" should be taken to revive relations. The statement said Erdoğan and Putin "highlighted the importance of the normalization of bilateral relations between Turkey and Russia."

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