Turkey and Russia have similar views on settlement in Syria - Turkish FM

Turkey's president Recep Erdogan (L) and Russia's president Vladimir Putin (R), 10 August, 2016.

Turkey's president Recep Erdogan (L) and Russia's president Vladimir Putin (R), 10 August, 2016.

Alexei Nikolsky/TASS
Countries plan to cooperate in the military sphere, as well as in intelligence and diplomacy.

Turkey and Russia have common views on political settlement in Syria, including issues of observing ceasefire and delivering humanitarian aid, Turkish Foreign Ministry Mevlut Cavusoglu said on August 10.

"We (with Russia) have similar views on the ceasefire in Syria, humanitarian aid and political settlement," Anadolu Agency quoted Cavusoglu as saying.

Moscow and Ankara "are building mechanisms of close cooperation on Syria settlement," he added.

The Turkish foreign minister noted that the two countries also plan to cooperate in the military sphere, as well as in intelligence and diplomacy.

On August 9 Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met for the first time today after Turkish Air Force downed a Su-24 bomber that took part in the Russian Aerospace Defense Forces’ counter-terrorist operation in Syria on 24 November 2015.

Russia demanded apologies, a compensation and to punish those guilty. Moscow severed contacts with Ankara until Turkey agreed to fulfill the demands. In July, Erdogan wrote a letter to Putin apologizing for the incident.

Source: Tass.com

Read more: What do we know about the downing of the Russian helicopter in Syria?

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