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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting in Moscow, March 5th, 2020.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting in Moscow, March 5th, 2020. | Photo: Twitter/ @RConfidencial

Published 5 March 2020
Opinion

Although it is hoped that the talks will be fruitful, the presidents recognize that this is a "very difficult" meeting.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan are meeting this Thursday in Moscow to take measures to stop the military escalation and its consequent migration crisis in the Syrian province of Idlib.

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"This meeting is crucial. I am confident that the decisions we take will ease the situation in Idlib," the Turkish president said at the start of the meeting, according to local media.

Both presidents agreed that this personal and direct conversation could not be postponed, taking into account the current situation in Idlib. But, although it is hoped that the talks will be fruitful, they recognize that this is a "very difficult" meeting.

According to Russian presidential spokesman Dmitri Peskov, the leaders will defend their commitment to the 2018 Sochi agreements during the meeting.

"Today Putin and Erdogan are meeting to discuss the situation in Idlib in a tense atmosphere. Putin said he did not know the position of the bombed Turks in Syria. The Russian Defence Minister tweeted yesterday that only terrorists had been bombed; Turks were among them."
 

"They will check how Sochi agreements are being honored and identify what remains to be done," the Kremlin spokesman said.

In this regard, Peskov recalled that "even when the Turkish government committed itself to neutralize the terrorist groups in Idlib, they continue to attack Syrian troops and take aggressive action against Russian military installations."

Meanwhile, the Turkish leader is hopeful that talks with Moscow on the situation in Idlib will lead to an immediate ceasefire in Syria.

At the beginning of the meeting, Vladimir Putin mourned the death of more than 30 members of the Turkish Armed Forces last week during an attack by Syrian Government forces.​​​​​​​

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