Russian President Vladimir Putin’s telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan

On June 10, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The presidents exchanged greetings on the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Turkey (established on June 3, 1920). They reaffirmed their commitment to further developing the mutually beneficial partnership.

The two leaders touched on the current aspects of countering the coronavirus pandemic and stressed the importance of gradual but full resumption of trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian ties in pace with the lifting of restrictions.

During their in-depth discussion of the developments in Libya, they expressed their concerns over the continued large-scale armed clashes in the country with resulting victims and destruction. Vladimir Putin noted that it was important to adhere to a ceasefire as soon as possible and to resume the intra-Libyan dialogue based on the decisions of the Berlin International Conference on January 19, 2020, and approved by UN Security Council Resolution 2510, as well as other initiatives aimed at a political and diplomatic settlement of the conflict.

The two leaders also mentioned developments in Syria and emphasised that it was necessary to step up their efforts to implement the Russian-Turkish agreements on the Idlib de-escalation zone, including the Additional Protocol to the Sochi Memorandum dated September 17, 2018, and adopted on March 5, 2020, in Moscow. The joint priority tasks include control over the ceasefire and neutralisation of terrorist groups active in Idlib.

The presidents agreed to maintain regular contact in various formats.