24 Aug 2018 17:32

Thanks to Russia, Turkey, Iran, Europe, U.S. serious progress reached in Syrian crisis settlement - Putin

MOSCOW. Aug 24 (Interfax) - The efforts of Russia, Turkey, Iran, and other countries, including the United States, have enabled significant progress to be made toward the resolution of the Syrian crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"Thanks to our countries' efforts, with the involvement of other concerned states, in particular Iran, our cooperation with the United Nations, with European countries, with the United States, we have managed to make serious progress toward a settlement of the Syrian crisis," Putin said at a meeting with Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.

The relations between Russia and Turkey are becoming deeper and more meaningful, be it economic cooperation or regional problem resolution, Putin said.

He said it would be interesting for him now to discuss with the ministers what needs to be done to deepen the relations further.

The meeting was also attended by Turkey's National Intelligence Organization chief Hakan Fidan; on the Russian side, by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, and the president's special representative for Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev.