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Telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

May 5, 2021

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

The two presidents had an in-depth discussion on countering the spread of the coronavirus infection, including with consideration to the current epidemiological situation in Turkey. It was noted that Russia was ready to strengthen practical cooperation in this area, in particular, to promptly organise, starting already this month, supplies of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine. Work to examine potential joint production of the vaccine at Turkish enterprises is also underway.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked Vladimir Putin for Russia’s assistance. Both presidents believe that the measures taken to fight the pandemic will make it possible to drastically improve the situation and resume bilateral ties in tourism.

They continued their discussion of current regional problems.

The parties noted the constructive nature of Russian-Turkish cooperation aimed at further stabilisation in Syria. Both presidents expressed their commitment to further coordinated work in order to promote an intra-Syrian dialogue within the Constitutional Committee, as well as to the uncompromised fight against the rest of the terrorist groups in several regions of the Syrian Arab Republic.

Discussing developments in Libya, it was agreed to continue supporting the efforts of the Government of National Unity to strengthen the country’s integrity, with due consideration for the interests of the main political forces and regions.

The discussion also touched upon the problems pertaining to the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement, including in the context of the work of the Russian-Turkish centre for monitoring the ceasefire and end of all military operations in the conflict zone.

The two leaders agreed to maintain personal contacts and promote a regular bilateral dialogue via other channels.

May 5, 2021