Putin hosts Erdogan to talk diplomatic ties, Syria conflict


"We have kept all lines of communication open until now, and we will continue to do so from now on", Erdogan said.

The Turkish president further said Russian Federation, as a member of Minsk Group that is mediating between Azerbaijan and Armenia, can have an influential role in finding a solution on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between the two countries.

Relations between the two countries hit a low in November 2015 when the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian bomber near the Syrian-Turkish border.

They also co-sponsored two rounds of talks this year between Assad's government and its foes.

"It should now be accepted that a terrorist organisation can not be defeated with another one", Mr Erdogan said, referring to the enlistment of YPG by the United States to fight Islamic State, also known as Isis.

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Relations between the countries - which back opposing sides Syria's ongoing war - have been tumultuous.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken highly of the level of interaction achieved by Russian and Turkish special services in Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said a truce in Syria is on the whole being observed, as he welcomed his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow, adding that he is cautiously optimistic about the prospects of a deal to end the six-year Syrian conflict.

Erdogan, referring to IS's remaining stronghold, told the news conference: "Of course, the real target now is Raqqa".

"Russia and Turkey have great potential for further advancing their neighbourly relations".

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Russian Federation and Turkey also coordinated their operations against the Islamic State group in Syria.

After concluding his meeting with Erdogan at the Kremlin, Putin hailed "efficient and close contact" between their militaries and intelligence agencies around Syria. By the end of July, Erdogan agreed to travel to Moscow.

"As for the activity of Syrian groups affiliated with the PKK terrorist organization, such and PYD and YPG, I believe it is necessary to completely put an end to their activity in Russian Federation".

The U.S. and Russian Federation have found themselves teaming up for the first time in the war in Syria - against a country both call an ally: Turkey.

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