MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed in phone talks on Tuesday the recent developments in Syria.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed in phone talks on Tuesday the recent developments in the situation in war-torn Syria in light of the ongoing Turkish military operation in Afrin area, the Kremlin’s press service said.
“The heads of state exchanged views on the situation in Syria, including in the north-western part of the country in the Afrin area in light of the ongoing Turkish military operation there,” the Kremlin’s press service stated.
“The sides stressed the importance of continuing active joint work to resolve the crisis, which should be based on the principles of preserving territorial integrity and respect for the sovereignty of Syria,” the statement said.
Erdogan also assured Putin that the military operation in Syrian Afrin Ankara is currently conducting will help to preserve Syria’s integrity.
Earlier, Ankara launched a military operation against the Kurdish forces in Syria’s Afrin. Several countries around the world expressed their concerns over the current situation in the region, the United Nations has reacted by announcing that it is preparing a large-scale humanitarian operation.