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    Putin, Erdogan Discuss Syria After Turkish Leader Controversial Remark on Assad

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan discussed in a phone call on Wednesday the situation in war-torn Syria, the Kremlin said.

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's interview with Rossiya Segodnya Director General Dmitry Kiselev
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The phone talks come after Erdogan said on Tuesday that the Turkish armed forces' military operation in Syria was designed to put an end to the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The remarks made the headlines and prompted immediate reaction in Syria and in Russia.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov later said Putin and Erdogan also exchanged opinions on the Syrian crisis with focus on developments in Aleppo.

    "The sides discussed urgent issues of Russian-Turkish relations, including upcoming bilateral contacts at various levels," the Kremlin said in a statement.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier that it was inappropriate to speculate on whether Turkish President Erdogan's statements on Syrian President Bashar Assad could affect the Moscow-Ankara relations. Peskov said Erdogan’s announcement on Assad, which had not been voiced in phone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, ran counter to Russia's understanding of the situation.

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    • kooka
      @sputnik:
      please correc the hadline - ther is a typo: Puitin
    • copius
      ErDOGan's back stab part 2, coming soon to a theatre near you.
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