In Sochi started the meeting of Putin and Erdogan

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The meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan began in Sochi, the main topic of the talks between the two leaders is expected to be the situation in the Syrian Idlib, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

«From Istanbul to Sochi, our trip lasted about two hours. Very close distance. In that short time whether it’s in Sochi, whether in Tehran, whether it’s in Istanbul, we will be meeting. Sure, we exchanged views in the course of these meetings, and I believe that this exchange strengthens our cooperation. And especially our solidarity in regional issues gives hope for cooperation in regional issues,» Erdogan said at the beginning of the meeting with Putin.

Putin and Erdogan, negotiations which take place in Sochi residence of the Russian leader in Sochi, talking 10 days after the summit between Russia, Turkey and Iran in Tehran. As explained to journalists before flying to Sochi, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, it is connected with the situation in Idlib, the situation around which stays sharp, and approaches the parties have differences. At the Tehran summit, the parties adopted the Tehran Declaration, but argued about whether to include an item on the announcement of a ceasefire in Idlib. In the end the leaders were limited to a more streamlined formulations, urging militants in Iglinsky area of de-escalation in Syria for a ceasefire and stressing that the solution to the problem of terrorists in the area — the key to peace in the country.

In turn, Erdogan the day before departure in Sochi, said that Ankara is ready to undertake a joint Russian steps to combat terrorist groups in the Syrian Idlib. «During talks in Tehran (at the summit Russia-Turkey-Iran on Syria September 7) I saw Putin more positive approach. I hope that Russia will adhere and further. Let us work together to take steps against the terrorists, separating them from the moderate opposition. But let’s not bomb (Idlib) under false pretenses – that’s what we want,» Erdogan said in an interview with Turkish journalists on Board the plane, returning after a visit to Azerbaijan.

He noted that the outcome of the talks with Putin will be important for the prospects of settling the Syrian crisis. «I have also scheduled a visit to the UN General Assembly (in the USA) and in Germany at the end of the month. I hope that with the help of positive decisions taken at these meetings, we take the situation to a new level», — said the President of Turkey.

According to him, in recent days, in Idlib in the diplomatic effort, the situation is partially returned to normal, but it is not satisfactory.

The territory of the North-Western Idlib province at the present time practically not controlled by the government forces of Syria. There are militants of the armed opposition, as well as, how to say Moscow and Damascus-terrorists of several groups that make periodic attacks on the positions of Syrian troops.