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President of Russia

Telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

February 18, 2021

Both parties underscored their desire to further expand mutually beneficial Russian-Turkish ties in various fields and prioritised the implementation of major joint energy projects.

They reviewed prospects for expanded cooperation in the field of containing the spread of the coronavirus, including possible supplies of Russian vaccines to Turkey and the organisation of their production there.

The presidents continued to discuss the situation around Nagorno Karabakh in the context of implementing agreements, formalised in the statements of Russian, Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders of November 9, 2020, and January 11, 2021. This implies coordinated Russian-Turkish actions in the interests of the region's socio-economic development. They expressed satisfaction in connection with launching the work of the Joint Russian-Turkish Centre for Monitoring the Ceasefire in Nagorno Karabakh.

The sides touched upon the Syrian peace settlement and reaffirmed their mutual commitment to an uncompromising struggle against international terrorist groups entrenched in Syria in the context of Russian and Turkish efforts to stabilise the situation in Idlib Governorate. They voiced their intention to continue facilitating the intra-Syrian political process, including within the Astana format.

Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan also noted the importance of establishing, with UN support, interim institutions of state authority in Libya to ensure long-term normalisation in the country.

The President of Russia offered his condolences to the Turkish leader in connection with the recent tragic death of 13 citizens of the Republic of Turkey in Iran.

The sides agreed to maintain further contacts.

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