Putin, Erdogan discuss implementation of memorandum on Syria - Kremlin

Putin, Erdogan discuss implementation of memorandum on Syria - Kremlin

The presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, focused on Syria in a phone call requested by Turkey, the Kremlin press service said on Saturday, TASS reports.

"In the context of implementation of the memorandum of understanding between the Russian Federation and the Turkish Republic, passed at the summit meeting in Sochi on October 22, [they] emphasized it was crucial to continue coordinated steps aimed at stabilization in northeastern Syria, in strict compliance with the principles of its territorial integrity, sovereignty and unity," the statement said.

The Kremlin said that the presidents exchanged views on the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone and focused on the need for further joint efforts so as to implement the relevant Russian-Turkish agreements of 2018.

In addition, the presidents hailed the outcome of the first session of the Syrian constitution committee and a decisive contribution of the countries, which are guarantors of Astana peace process, to arranging the meeting.

"They confirmed aspiration to further facilitate promotion of intra-Syrian political dialogue," the statement reads.