1 Apr 2020 21:31

Putin, Erdogan inform each other of measures in opposing coronavirus

MOSCOW. April 1 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a telephone conversation, the Kremlin press service said.

"The parties considered the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The heads of state informed each other of measures being taken to counter this infection. Special significance was attached to interaction in repatriating Russian citizens staying in Turkey," it said.

The leaders continued "a substantive exchange of opinions on a settlement process in Syria, including the implementation of the Russian-Turkish agreements of March 5, 2020 for stabilizing the situation in the Idlib zone," the Kremlin said.

Putin and Erdogan "also touched upon problems associated with Libya," it said.

"Additionally, they discussed a number of relevant items on the bilateral agenda, with an emphasis placed on trade-economic cooperation. They agreed to continue contacts at various levels," it said.

The conversation was arranged at Turkey's proposal, it said.