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Turkey, Russia pledge allegiance aiming to end Syrian war

Turkey, Russia pledge allegiance aiming to end Syrian war
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 10, 2017. REUTERS/Zemlianichenko/Pool

New York [U.S.]: Russian President Vladimir Putin was greeted by his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow, as the two leaders have joined military and diplomatic forces in order to end the six-year-old Syrian conflict.

Despite having sour ties which worsened since Turkey’s air force shot down a Russian jet at the Syrian-Turkish border in 2015, the two leaders in recent times have shown unity in taking charge to end the Syrian conflict.

Putin said that Friday’s meeting, under the High-Level Russian-Turkish Cooperation Council format, was the first of its kind since 2014.

“We are very happy our inter-state relations are restoring rather quickly,” Putin said during the meeting with Erdogan, CNN reports, quoting Russia’s state-run TASS news agency.

“We are working actively on settlement of most acute crises in the world, first of all in Syria I am pleased to say, nobody has expected, but at the level of military authorities, intelligence services, we have a very trustful, very effective dialogue,” he said.

Erdogan also expressed his confidence that the meeting will contribute to the further development of relations between both nations.

Friday’s meeting came in the wake of the summit between the top military brass from Russia, Turkey and the United States.

Turkey said the meeting was aimed at coordinating efforts against the ISIS militant group and avoiding “unwanted incidents.” (ANI)