25 Oct 2019 10:05

Putin, Erdogan studied maps, personally edited memorandum re Syria - Peskov

SOCHI. Oct 25 (Interfax) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has disclosed details of the work done by the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on the memorandum regarding the Syria settlement process.

"I think they spent together two and a half hours, and that was just in the presence of the interpreters. They also studied maps. So to say, both of them are fully aware of details of the terrain, disposition of formations, etc.," Peskov said in response to journalists' question for how long the one-on-one meeting between Putin and Erdogan lasted.

"Later on, they were joined by the defense ministers and other specialists. Instructions were given to the foreign ministers who started drawing up the text," Peskov said.

"In the course of this activity, the leaders did the editing, their edits were coordinated by the foreign ministers in Russian, English, and Turkish, texts were compared, and, as you know, the process lasted for over six hours," he said.