Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation with Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed issues of bilateral relations, including upcoming in the near future bilateral contacts at different levels. In addition, the two leaders exchanged views on the Syrian issue, including on the situation in Aleppo.
In a press-service of the Kremlin notedthat a telephone conversation Putin and Erdogan took place at the initiative of the Turkish side. The Russian President also expressed his condolences in connection with death of children as a result of a fire in a hostel for girls in Adana.
Earlier, on 30 November, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov notedthat Erdogan’s statement, calling on the eve of the main purpose of the Turkish RAID in Syria the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad, was news for the Kremlin. Moscow is waiting for in this regard, clarification from Ankara, he added.
Answering the question boded it the tone or theme of the recent phone conversations of Erdogan and Putin’s intentions to overthrow Assad, Peskov said that the Turkish leader did not make statements about such plans of Ankara. “No. The point is not whether foretold or not, but such statements in the course of contacts with our President Mr. Erdogan did,” – said the representative of the Kremlin.
Earlier the Russian foreign Ministry actually proposed justification the words of Erdogan. The official representative of the Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the statement of the Turkish President about the plans to overthrow Assad during a military operation in Syria – “it is an indirect quote, it was not said on the record”. The text of the speech of Erdogan published the day before the Hurriyet Daily News by issuing it in the form of direct quotations.
On the eve of the Turkish President, speaking at a Symposium in Istanbul, said the Turkish RAID in Syria is the overthrow of the Assad regime, “which gave the country’s state terror”. Erdogan said that according to his calculations, in Syria has already killed about a million people. The Turkish leader said that Ankara has no claims on Syrian soil: “We’re there for justice. We went there to put an end to the tyrant al-Assad, who staged the country’s state terror”.