Erdogan to meet Putin in Sochi today

| Updated: May 03, 2017 06:30 IST

Moscow (Russia), May 3 (ANI): Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan today in Sochi. Both the leaders are likely to discuss bilateral relations, regional issues, including Syria's ceasefire as Turkish warplanes bombed Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria last week. "The presidents will discuss, among other issues, the strengthening of the ceasefire regime, the situation with prisoners and issues of mine clearance," Mustafa Yurdakul, the ministry's deputy director for Syria policy said, Sputnik reported. The most significant aspect of their meeting is that talks for procuring Russia-made S400 air defence system is at final stages and may pop up during their discussions. Both Russia and Turkey are carrying out their operations against the Islamic State group in Syria. Russia will put forward several proposals to resolve Syria crisis, including a possible deployment of armed groups of guarantor states for monitoring ceasefire. The United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) members are concerned over growing Turkey's close defence ties with Russia. (ANI)

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