Putin says Turkish-Russian ties growing stronger

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusogl (2ndL), Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar (2ndR) and Turkish Intelligence chief Hakan Fidan (R) prior to their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on August 24, 2018. Turkish Foreign Minister on August 24, 2018 warned that seeking a military solution in Syria's last rebel-held province of Idlib would lead to disaster, while Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said that the situation was "multi-faceted" and called for separating out "the healthy opposition from terrorist structures." Idlib is one of the so-called "de-escalation" zones set up by Russia, Turkey and Iran last year. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Alexander Zemlianichenko

Turkish-Russian ties are growing stronger and deeper, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday, meeting in Moscow with Turkey’s top diplomat along with its defense minister and intelligence chief, the state-owned Anadolu news agency reported.

“Our relations with Turkey are becoming deeper and more meaningful, becoming deeper in the field of economic cooperation, in addressing a number of issues related to regional issues,” Putin said during his meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Hakan Fidan, undersecretary of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT).

In the nationally televised meeting, Putin also mentioned the “regular character” of contacts with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Russia and Turkey along with other countries have made serious progress in resolving the Syrian crisis, Putin added.

“Thanks to the efforts of our countries with the involvement of other interested states, in particular, I mean Iran, our cooperation with the UN, with European countries, with the United States — we’ve managed to make serious progress in resolving the Syrian crisis,” he said.

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