Turkish, Russian presidents discuss Syria situation
Friday 14th of April
ANKARA, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the latest developments in Syria by phone on Thursday, according to Turkish presidency.
During the conversation, the two leaders emphasized the importance of cooperation between Turkey and Russia for the continuity of the Geneva and Astana talks, and agreed to make joint efforts to assure a nationwide cease-fire in Syria.
They both backed an independent investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into the recent deadly chemical incident in Syria's Idlib.
The Turkish and Russian presidents also discussed improving economic and political ties as well as speeding up the normalization of bilateral relations.
On April 6, the United States launched 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield, in response to what U.S. President Donald Trump called a "horrible chemical weapons attack" in the Syrian city of Idlib.