Current dynamics of Russian-Turkish relations

Russia President V.Putin, Turkey Prime Minister R.T.Erdoğan had telephone conversation

On May 30, 2014, at Turkeys initiative, President of Russia Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to discuss international issues and prospects for developing bilateral relations.

The two leaders exchanged views, in particular, on the situation in Ukraine following the recent presidential election. Mr Putin said he remains gravely concerned by the ongoing punitive operation the Kiev government is carrying out in the countrys southeast. The President said he hopes that Ukraines new leaders will end operations involving the use of force against the civilian population and will instead organise direct dialogue with regional representatives.

Mr Erdoğan spoke highly of the measures Mr Putin has taken to improve the Crimean Tatars situation and ensure their full participation in Crimeas society and political life. The two leaders agreed to remain in contact on these matters.

The two leaders also discussed the situation in Syria. Mr Putin and Mr Erdoğan said that contacts with radical groups, especially groups linked to Al-Qaeda, are unacceptable, called for such groups to be neutralised, and said that Syrias internal conflict can be resolved through political means alone.

Mr Putin and Mr Erdoğan noted the strategic nature of the two countries successfully developing bilateral cooperation and paid particular attention to implementation of the two countries trade and economic agreements, including with regard to joint projects and energy sector cooperation.

The two leaders agreed to continue exchanging views on a regular basis.