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

Mikhail Dzhaparidze  TASS

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan took swipes at US and Russian interventions in Syria on Monday and said if countries truly believed a military solution was impossible, they should withdraw their troops.

President Erdogan arrived in Sochi on Monday morning.

He said that Syrian refugees who migrated from northern Syrian province of Aleppo are in a hard situation in Idlib, while the presence of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, which Ankara regards as a terror group, in Afrin is posing a threat to Turkey.

In his reported comments, Erdogan said neither Russian Federation, nor the U.S. would be pulling out of Syria soon.

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For his part, Erdoğan also said Turkey's work with Russian Federation and Iran has yielded positive results on the ground.

"I'm going to emphasize that our relations can be considered re-established nearly in their entirety", Vladimir Putin said on Monday, welcoming Recep Tayyip Erdogan to his vacation home in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Efe news reported.

Putin said Russian Federation would continue to work on Syria with Turkey and their efforts were yielding results: "The level of violence has definitely been reduced, favourable conditions are being created for the progression of a inter-Syrian dialogue".

Putin's talks with Erdogan follow a weekend statement on Syria approved by Putin and President Donald Trump.