Russian Presidents Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have positively assessed the implementation of joint projects, in particular in the energy sector, the Kremlin press service said on Friday after their telephone conversation.

"The presidents discussed the current state and prospects for further development of mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation between the two countries," the Kremlin said. "They positively assessed the implementation of joint strategic projects, first of all, in the energy sector."

The two leaders also discussed a schedule for further contacts at various levels, TASS reported.

A source in the Turkish president’s administration told journalists earlier that the two presidents had discussed latest development in Syria and settlement efforts in the Astana forma