Putin and Erdogan discussed situation in Syria

Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan (archive photo)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the situation in Syria. This was reported on the Kremlin website.

The conversation took place on Turkey’s initiative. The interlocutors expressed mutual intention to continue joint work to strengthen the cessation of hostilities, a willingness to further facilitate inter-Syrian negotiation process in Astana and in the Geneva format.

The two leaders called for the speedy conduct an objective and thorough international investigation of the incident with chemical weapons in the town of Khan Shaykhun on 4 April.

Putin and Erdogan agreed to instruct the two governments to intensify the implementation of the decisions held in Moscow on March 10 the sixth meeting of the cooperation Council of the highest level.

On 4 April, the opposition said that loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have used chemical weapons in Idlib province. As a result, according to Reuters, 87 people were killed and more than 200 injured. Damascus has denied any involvement in the incident. On the night of 7 April, the President of the United States Donald trump ordered to launch a missile attack on the airfield shirt used by Syrian government aircraft. Were fired 58 cruise missiles. According to Washington, from this base, the Syrian air force chemical weapons were allegedly used.