Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Erdoğan, Putin say Astana process produces concrete results in Syria

Erdoğan, Putin say Astana process produces concrete results in Syria

Relations between Russia and Turkey are almost back to the level they were prior to the Turkish downing of a Russian warplane over Syria two years ago, the presidents of both countries have said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump said in a joint statement on Saturday they would continue to fight against Islamic State in Syria, while agreeing that there was no military solution to the country's wider, six-year-old conflict.

For his part, Erdoğan also said Turkey's work with Russian Federation and Iran has yielded positive results on the ground.

Erdogan noted that Turkey and Russian Federation will continue to strengthen relations in the economic, political and military spheres.

Putin said Russian Federation and Turkey are planning to launch the first reactor at Turkey's Akkuyu nuclear power plant in 2023.

"The United States said it would completely leave Iraq, but it didn't". It is expected that the two leaders will exchange opinions on regional and worldwide issues, including the joint fight against terrorism and the Syrian peace settlement.

Putin said the meetings with Turkey, including those about the Syrian crisis, had a "positive" effect. Putin said that after the trade between both countries decreased in 34 percent a year ago, it grew in 38 percent in the first nine months of 2017.

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