December 15
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The meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi is over, RIA Novosti reported.

Following the meeting, the presidents held a joint press conference.

After the talks Putin told reporters that he had discussed with Erdogan measures to remove restrictions on agricultural products supplies.

“In order to implement the arrangements made during our meeting with president Erdogan in Ankara, the supplies of a number of products from Turkey have been renewed. Today we have discussed joint measures to remove restrictions on other types of agricultural products,” Putin said at the joint press coference following the talks.

Erdogan said that Turkey supported the removal of the remaining restrictions in trade relations with Russia.

The two counterparts have also managed to discuss the regional and international issues, including the recent developments in the Syrian crisis.

"We believe that the Astana meetings and de-escalation zones have contributed to a certain extent to reduction of violence in this region,” Erdogan told reporters.

"We have agreed that at present, grounds allowing us to focus on the political solution of the [Syrian] issue have emerged," He said, also noting that Ankara emphasizes the importance of the joint statement of Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump on Syria, issued after the two leaders' recent contacts in Vietnam.

Putin, in his turn, stressed that long-term stabilization efforts in Syria, above all in terms of political settlement, should be stepped up.

"Amid achievements in the fight against terrorism, the president [Erdogan] and I deem necessary to step up joint efforts to ensure long-term normalization in that country… first of all to promote the process of political settlement and assistance for the Syrians in post-conflict reconstruction," Putin told reporters.

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