January 22
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Russian President Vladimir Putin hold phone conversation with  his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the latter’s initiative, Kremlin reported.

In discussing bilateral cooperation issues, the two presidents expressed satisfaction with the positive dynamics in trade and economic relations, and confirmed their mutual commitment to provide all necessary assistance for the further implementation of large-scale projects, primarily in the energy sector.

They also continued their ongoing discussion of various aspects of the situation in Syria and emphasised the importance of the consistent implementation of the Astana agreements reached through the mediation of Russia, Turkey and Iran, in particular concerning the conditions of the cessation of hostilities and the creation of de-escalation zones.

The President of Russia drew attention to the recent attacks by illegal armed groups on Russia’s Khmeimim air base using modern unmanned aerial vehicles. Greater coordination of efforts by the military and special services of the two countries is envisioned to effectively combat terrorist groups in Syria.

Tasks related to the political settlement of the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic were identified as a priority. The forthcoming Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi is expected to make a significant contribution to this work.

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