Erdogan, Putin to meet in Russia's Sochi on November 13: Turkish presidency


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that he would discuss Syrian crisis and issues on bilateral ties with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during his one-day official visit to Russia's Sochi.

Relations between Russia and Turkey are almost back to the level they were prior to the Turkish downing of a Russian warplane over Syria two years ago, the presidents of both countries have said.

Russian Federation and Turkey, together with Iran, have agreed on de-escalation zones in Syria that helped reduce the fighting.

Putin said Russian Federation and Turkey are planning to launch the first reactor at Turkey's Akkuyu nuclear power plant in 2023.

Two leaders are expected to exchange views on bilateral relations and regional and global developments, particularly Syria, the presidency said in a statement on its website.

Speaking to the media prior to his meeting with Putin, Erdoğan said: "Both our bilateral relations in the region and our solidarity [with Russia] on regional problems increase our confidence for the future".

"Russia and the United States must withdraw their forces if the military solution was indeed not on the table", he added.