Syria issue to dominate meeting between Erdogan, Putin

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Syria issue to dominate meeting between Erdogan, Putin

Special emphasis will be given to the latest developments in the Syrian cities of Idlib and Afrin, the Turkish president told reporters in Istanbul before his departure for Sochi.

Turkey, whose troops are already positioned to the south of Afrin as part of the country's joint mission with Russian Federation to monitor a cease-fire agreement in Idlib province, says the Kurds can now field modern weaponry, including rocket launchers, supplied by the U.S.in the fight against the jihadists.

"There is no military solution to the conflict in Syria", read a joint statement issued after Putin met with U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday on the sidelines of a regional meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam. "The United States said it would completely leave Iraq, but it didn't". The text was agreed by Russian Federation and the United States in the framework of the Summit of the Asia-Pacific Cooperation Forum. The U.S. -led coalition says it does not discuss the location of its forces.

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President Vladimir Putin is holding a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan following a meeting in Russia's Sochi.

Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERSRussia has been a strong supporter of Assad, whose removal Erdogan has demanded, and Moscow's military intervention two years ago helped turn the conflict in the Syrian president's favour.

We knew, with great pleasure that in the inter-government commission, they agreed to lift the restrictions on the sales of our tomatoes, egg plants, pomegranates and other produce to Russia, Erdogan said. The weapon can not be integrated into North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defences.

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