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Turkey-Russia solidarity in settling regional crises strengthens their ties: Erdogan

15 November 2017

Putin opened Monday's meeting at Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi by saying that relations Moscow and Ankara have been "restored practically in full".

November 13, 2017 (EIRNS)-Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met today for the fifth time this year in Sochi, at the invitation of Russia.

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.

"The United States said it would completely leave Iraq, but it didn't. In addition, we are cooperating in addressing a number of issues related to the fight against terrorist threats", the deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs stressed.

Speaking to the media prior to his meeting with Putin, Erdoğan said: "Both our bilateral relations in the region and our solidarity [with Russia] on regional problems increase our confidence for the future".

Turkey will take the steps necessary to protect itself, Erdogan said after unscheduled meetings with the army chief, prime minister and foreign minister over the weekend.

He added that the bilateral trade volume between Turkey and Russian Federation had increased more than 30 percent in the first eight months of this year compared to last year. " Erdogan added, "We came to an agreement that, at this moment, there's ground, which allows us to focus on the political resolution" of the Syrian crisis".

Turkey-Russia solidarity in settling regional crises strengthens their ties: Erdogan