Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a meeting to discuss situation in Syria. (Photo Credit: Mikhail Metzel/TASS)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave high marks to the interaction between the Defense Ministries of the two countries which enabled the situation in Syria’s Idlib to stablize. The Kremlin press service reports that the two heads of state held a telephone conversation during which they continued to discuss pressing issues on the international agenda.

“The emphasis was placed, for instance, on the importance of stepping up efforts to assist the Syrian settlement, including the Astana format – backed by the agreements of the Russian-Turkish-Iranian summit held on July 1, 2020. High marks were given to the interaction along the lines of Russia’s and Turkey’s Defense Ministries, which allowed the situation in Idlib and in the northeast of the Syrian Arab Republic to stabilize,” the statement said.

Additionally, the Russian and Turkish leaders agreed to activate political-diplomatic efforts as soon as possible to end to the Libyan conflict and to revive the negotiation process in the North African country.

“They have once again stressed the need to end the armed conflict in Libya without delay and promptly return to the negotiations based on the decisions of the Berlin conference that took place on January 19, 2020 approved by Resolution 2510 of the UN Security Council. They agreed to activate joint political-diplomatic efforts in this area,” the Kremlin press service notes.

Source: TASS, July 13, 2020