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Russia's Putin departs for Turkey

29 September 2017

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on September 27 that Putin's visit has "absolutely pragmatic goals", saying the two countries maintain "very close cooperation" in trade, investment, culture, military technical cooperation, and other areas.

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Ankara on Thursday for talks with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on issues of bilateral ties, Syria and Iraq.

Turkey and Russian Federation have been on opposing sides during the more than six years of war in Syria, with Russian Federation the key backer of President Bashar al-Assad and Turkey supporting rebels seeking his ouster. It's not yet clear whether Putin and Erdogan will discuss it. "The necessary conditions have been created for putting an end to the fratricidal war in Syria, completely destroying terrorists and allowing Syrians to return to peaceful life".

Putin's one-day working visit to the Turkish capital comes three days after the two leaders spoke by telephone in a call that included a discussion of the controversial independence referendum in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.

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They both stressed the importance of preserving the territorial integrity of both Iraq and Syria, the sources said.

"As Turkey and Russian Federation, we have reconfirmed our determination to maintain our joint will and close cooperation to find a political solution for the Syrian conflict", he further said.

The topic of S-400, Russia's most advanced missile systems which Ankara is planning to purchase, remains hotly-discussed in the media.

Commenting on the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) referendum in northern Iraq, Turkey's president Erdogan reiterated that it had "no legitimacy" in terms of Iraqi constitution and worldwide law.

Russia's Putin departs for Turkey