Russia President V.Putin, Turkey Prime Minister R.T.Erdoğan had telephone conversation
On May 30, 2014, at Turkey’s 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
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 country’s southeast. The President said he hopes that Ukraine’s new leaders will end operations involving
the use of force against the civilian population and will instead organise direct dialogue with regional
Mr Erdoğan spoke highly of the
measures Mr Putin has taken to improve the Crimean Tatars’ situation and ensure their full participation in Crimea’s
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
Syria’s 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.