Putin, Erdoğan discuss Euphrates Shield on phone

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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a phone conversation on Friday, discussing bilateral relations and Syria, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

According to the report the two leaders exchanged views on the cross-border Euphrates Shield operation, which was launched by the Turkish Armed Forces against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Syrian city of Jarabulus on Aug. 24.

During the conversation Putin and Erdoğan also agreed to have a bilateral meeting during the G-20 Summit in China in September, reported Anadolu.

Putin and Erdoğan met in St. Petersburg on Aug. 16, the first time the two have met since a falling out over the downing of a Russian fighter jet by the Turkish air forces on Nov. 24, 2015.

The Erdoğan-Putin phone call came after news that a meeting scheduled to take place between Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and his Russian counterpart, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, in Ankara on Friday was postponed to a later date.

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