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11.02.2019 (16:17)

Russian and Turkish defence minister meets in Ankara to dicuss joint actions aimed to stabilise situation in Syria

Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei Shoigu has made a working visit to Ankara where he hopes to coordinate joint action with Turkey concerning settlement of situation in Syira.

“Thank you for the warm welcome in Ankara. I expect that on the threshold of the meeting of Russian, Turkish and Iranian presidents on February 14 in Sochi we will be able to coordinate our actions in Syria, ”said the head of the Russian department, addressing his Turkish counterpart Hulusi Akar.

Sergei Shoigu noted that from January 31 to February 2, the military experts of Russia and Turkey did a great job in Moscow “to agree on the most topical issues concerning further stabilization in the Idlib zone and all that concerns the eastern coast of the Euphrates.”

“I hope that today we will be able to complete coordination on the main topics,” said the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation.

In turn, Hulusi Akar noted that Turkey and Russia make an important contribution to ensuring global and regional stability.

"I am sure that our work is very valuable. We appreciate that we are making a very important contribution to the development of the situation in the region. And we are confident that we contribute to development of the situation and to peace in the world," the head of the Turkish military department said.

Hulusi Akar also noted that today's meeting is a continuation of contacts that took place previously in Moscow. This is preliminary work before the summit of the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran, scheduled for February 14 in Sochi.


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