Turkish, Russian presidents discuss Syrian counterpart's visit to Moscow (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 21
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Turkish and Russian Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin have discussed Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad's visit to Moscow, Turkish CNN Turk TV channel reported Oct. 21.
According to the TV channel, President Erdogan also expressed concern in connection with the recent military operations in the Syrian city of Aleppo, in which civilians were killed.
While commenting on Assad's visit to Moscow, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Turkey would like President Assad to stay in Russia.
Davutoglu said that the Syrian people do not support President Assad, who is the main cause of the bloodshed in the country.
He said that as earlier, Turkey stands for Assad's quitting to resolve the Syrian crisis.
Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Moscow Oct. 20 evening and held talks with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for the Russian president, said Oct. 21.
"Syrian President Bashar al-Assad paid a working visit to Moscow last night," Peskov said. "The talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin were held in narrow and expanded formats."
He said that the representatives of the Russian leadership participated in the negotiations in an expanded format.
"The negotiations were long enough," Peskov said. "The subject of the negotiations is clear."
On Sept. 30, Russia's Sukhoi Su-25, Su-24M and Su-34 attack aircraft, with the support of Su-30 jets, began precision airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.
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