Putin, Erdoğan discuss Idlib situation by phone: Russian FM

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) listens to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the 23rd World Energy Congress on October 10, 2016 in Istanbul. Putin visits Turkey on October 10 for talks with counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, pushing forward ambitious joint energy projects as the two sides try to overcome a crisis in ties. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday discussed implementing agreements for Syria’s northern region of Idlib after 33 Turkish soldiers were killed by Syrian fire, Russia’s foreign minister said Friday, according to AFP.

“There is always room for dialogue. Today there were phone talks between presidents Putin and Erdogan. … The conversation was detailed and devoted to the necessity to do everything” to implement agreements on Idlib, Sergei Lavrov told reporters.

Russia is also ready to help improve the security of Turkish troops in Idlib, Lavrov said. He said Russia expressed its “condolences” for the deaths while adding “such tragedies” could be averted if Turkey would give accurate coordinates for the location of its troops.

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