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Telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

April 21, 2020

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The discussion focused on a range of issues related to the spread of the coronavirus. The presidents expressed their preparedness to build up joint efforts in the fight against the infection, including through the health ministries and other relevant agencies and to continue close coordination to ensure the return of Russian and Turkish citizens to their homelands.

The presidents of Russia and Turkey had a detailed exchange of views on developments in Syria, including the implementation of agreements on the Idlib de-escalation zone, primarily the Additional Protocol to the Sochi Memorandum of September 17, 2018, adopted in Moscow on March 5, 2020. The need for unconditional compliance with the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic was reaffirmed. At the same time, the presidents emphasised the importance of further close cooperation between Russia and Turkey through military and diplomatic channels.

In addition, current issues of Russian-Turkish cooperation were addressed, primarily in the trade and economic sphere, including the implementation of joint projects in the nuclear energy sector, and the expansion of cooperation in the agriculture and transport.

The presidents agreed on further maintening regular contact at various levels.

April 21, 2020