Peace in Syria depends on relations between Ankara and Moscow, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday in a summit with his Russian counterpart.
Speaking in Sochi, southern Russia, alongside Vladimir Putin, Erdogan underlined the importance of his country’s joint actions with Moscow in the context of the Syrian conflict.
For his part, Putin said that though his meetings with Erdogan were not always without problems, the institutions of their countries are able to reach resolutions between them.
He highlighted the significant role of cooperation between Ankara and Moscow in ensuring a truce secured last year after Azerbaijan liberated the Upper Karabakh region from neighboring Armenia’s occupation, as well as a strong and permanent peace between the two Caucasian nations.
Touching on economic relations between Ankara and Moscow, Putin said Turkey’s investment in Russia had reached $1.5 billion and Russia’s in Turkey currently stood at $6.5 billion.
Durng his visit, Turkish President Erdogan was accompanied by the head of the National Intelligence Organization Hakan Fidan, Communications Director Fahrettin Altun, and presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin.
The closed-door meeting of the two leaders lasted for two hours and 45 minutes.
“We had a productive meeting with my colleague Putin and left Sochi,” Erdogan said on Twitter after the summit came to a close.