Putin and Erdogan discussed Turkey’s position on Syria

Путин и Эрдоган обсудили позицию Турции по Сирии

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed by phone the situation in Syria, told RIA Novosti press-Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov.

“There was an extensive exchange of views,” added Sands, answering the question whether the explanations provided by Turkey according to their positions in Syria.

In addition, the parties discussed Russian-Turkish relations, including forthcoming in the near future bilateral contacts at different levels.

Earlier, Erdogan, speaking at a Symposium in Istanbul, said the Turkish army launched a military operation in Syria to put an end to the rule of Assad. The Kremlin said that his words do not coincide with the position of Moscow on settlement of the situation in Syria and expressed hope that Ankara will explain them. Later a source in the administration of the Turkish leader said that Erdogan’s words “should not be understood literally.”

Since the end of August Turkish troops with the assistance of the troops of the so-called free Syrian army carried out in the North of Syria operation “shield of the Euphrates”. Officially its declared purpose cleaning from Islamic state terrorists (a group banned in Russia) an area of five thousand square kilometers and the establishment of a security zone, including, for the accommodation of refugees.

At the same time, Turkey opposes U.S. support for the Syrian Kurds, who also are fighting with ISIS in Northern Syria.

As stated by the head of information division of the political Department of the Syrian army General Samir Suleiman, Ankara fully supports operating in Syria gangs. He stressed that there was no coordination between Damascus and Ankara on the issue of military operations of Turkey in Northern provinces “is not and cannot be”.