Russian President Vladimir Putin's telephone conversation with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
On February 8, 2018 Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The two presidents continued their discussion on the situation in Syria. Turkey’s leader expressed his condolences to the Russian President on the death of Russian military pilot Roman Filipov, who was piloting a Sukhoi Su-25 on February 3 and was attacked by militants in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
It was agreed to improve coordination of the Russian and Turkish troops and special services against terrorist groups that are violating the ceasefire.
Mr Putin and Mr Erdogan stressed the importance of strict and unfailing adherence to the Astana agreements on de-escalation zones in Syria. They reaffirmed mutual commitment to the political and diplomatic resolution of the crisis based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254, in line with the decisions of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, which took place on January 30, 2018 in Sochi.
In this context, the two leaders noted the importance of continuing cooperation between Russia, Turkey and Iran regarding Syria. They discussed future contacts in this format at various levels.