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Telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

May 18, 2020

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

The two presidents discussed in detail efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, stressing the importance of promoting further cooperation between the relevant agencies of the two countries, including on treatment methods and vaccine development. Vladimir Putin thanked his Turkish partners for facilitating the repatriation of compatriots from Turkey, as well as for providing humanitarian assistance to a number of Russian regions.

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan once again exchanged views on the developments in the Syrian Arab Republic. They expressed their shared commitment to stepping up joint efforts in order to implement the Russia-Turkey agreements on the Idlib de-escalation zone, including the Additional Protocol to the September 17, 2018, Memorandum, adopted on March 5 in Moscow.

The presidents of Russia and Turkey voiced their concern over the escalation of hostilities in Libya. They noted the need to immediately resume the permanent truce and the intra-Libyan dialogue based on the resolutions of the Berlin International Conference on January 19, 2020, approved by UN Security Council Resolution 2510.

They also touched upon topical matters related to bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

The two presidents agreed to maintain regular dialogue at various levels.

May 18, 2020