Erdoğan, Putin hold phone call to discuss Syria’s Idlib


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a phone call on Tuesday to discuss the Syrian province of Idlib, where an attack by Syrian government forces on Monday killed seven Turkish soldiers, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Turkey would continue to use its right of self defence against similar attacks on Turkish military personnel in Syria, Anadolu quoted Erdoğan as telling his Russian counterpart. Seven Turkish soldiers and three civilians were killed and several were wounded in intense shelling by Russia-backed Syrian government forces in Syria’s last rebel-held enclave of Idlib on Monday. Turkish forces retaliated immediately after the attack, destroying targets in the Idlib region, Ankara said. Meanwhile, the Kremlin said Putin and Erdoğan agreed to take immediate measures to improve coordination of their countries’ actions in war-torn Syria, Reuters reported. The two leaders highlighted the need to follow Russia-Turkey agreements on Syria’s Idlib that envisage increasing cooperation to “neutralize extremists,” Reuters quoted the Kremlin as saying. The two leaders also discussed the latest developments in Libya, where Ankara and Russia also support opposing sides in the conflict, Anadolu said.



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