Putin and Erdogan discuss Afrin operation

 Putin and Erdogan discuss Afrin operation

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation, the Kremlin press service said.

The leaders discuss the situation in Syria, including near Afrin, where Turkey is conducting a military operation.

"Both sides stressed the importance of further joint efforts towards crisis settlement that are to be based on the principles of respect to Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty," the press service said.

The two leaders also touched upon preparations for an upcoming Syrian National Dialogue Congress due to be held in Russia’s Sochi on January 29-30.

"The two presidents discussed final preparations for the upcoming Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi. The sides expressed the hope that it will be a representative Congress and will help reach lasting political settlement in Syria in conformity with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2254 and agreements reached within the Astana process," the Kremlin said.

The press service added that the sides were satisfied to note positive dynamics in the Russian-Turkish relations in various spheres.

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