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Telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

October 14, 2020

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Turkish side’s initiative.

The presidents discussed in detail developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. Both sides reaffirmed the importance of complying with the humanitarian truce that was agreed in Moscow on October 10. Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke in favour of stepping up the political process, in particular, based on the work of the OSCE Minsk Group.

Vladimir Putin expressed serious concern over the involvement of Middle Eastern fighters in the military action. The leaders stressed the urgent need for joint efforts in order to cease the bloodshed and move to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem as soon as possible.

Hope was expressed that Turkey, as a member of the OSCE Minsk Group, would make a constructive contribution to de-escalating the conflict.

The effectiveness of cooperation between Russia and Turkey was pointed out during the discussion of Syrian and Libyan affairs. The cooperation helped to stabilise the situation and move forward on the political and diplomatic tracks.

A number of issues related to bilateral cooperation were also discussed. The two presidents noted mutual interest in countering the coronavirus, including collaboration in developing and producing vaccines. Specialised agencies will be instructed accordingly.

The parties agreed to maintain regular contacts via diplomatic and military channels.

October 14, 2020