The President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation during which they discussed «the joint work of Russia, Turkey and Iran in Syria», reports TASS with reference to the press service of the Kremlin.
Putin and Erdogan discussed the latest developments in Syria, particularly the military operation «Olive branch», which was held in Syria Turkish troops.
As reported by the Turkish Anadolu news Agency Erdogan during the meeting said that this military campaign aimed at the liberation of the Canton of Afrin from the terrorists of ISIS and the Kurdish «Democratic Union» and is intended to promote the «territorial integrity of Syria.»
Erdogan also thanked President of the Russian Federation condolences in connection with the death in Syria of a military pilot Roman Filipov.
January 20, Turkey has started in the North of Syria «operation Olive branch». Its purpose was announced the expulsion of Kurdish militias from the border zone. However, the regime of Bashar al-Assad has described Turkey’s actions as aggression, stating that he is ready to give a response.
The clash dealt a blow to the so-called Astana process in which a significant portion of Syrian territory was declared a zone of de-escalation, and the maintenance of order it was the duty of Russia, Iran and Turkey.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani urged Turkey to stop military operations and withdraw its troops from the territory of Syria. He stressed that the reason for the invasion may be only the request of the legitimate government of Syria.