The presidents of Russia and Turkey Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan Wednesday in a telephone conversation discussed the statement of Ankara on Syria and the Turkish leader gave an explanation of his words. This was reported to journalists by the Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, reports “RIA Novosti”.
“Yes, he (Erdogan) has issued an explanation,” he said, noting that he could not comment on whether it gave Russia.
On the telephone conversation between Putin and Erdogan on the evening of 30 December, reported the press service of the Kremlin. In the message it was specified that the leaders discussed the situation in Aleppo, Syria, and “topical issues of Russian-Syrian relations.” The details of the conversation, the Kremlin did not disclose.
29 November, Erdogan stated that started in August, Syria’s operation in Turkey “shield of the Euphrates” associated with the necessity of overthrowing the regime of current Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “We are there to establish justice. We went there to stop the tyrant Assad, who is responsible for state terror. [We would] any other reason”, — cited the words of Erdogan, the Hurriyet Daily News.
The official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said that the Ministry relies only on “public statements” and adheres to the agreements that were reached with Turkey at the official level and with the direct leadership of the country. Given the media Erdogan’s words were not a direct quote, but a paraphrase “off the record”, said Zakharova.
Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, answering journalists ‘ questions about words of Erdogan, on 30 November, replied that “the statement (Erdogan) has really become news” for the Kremlin. The statement of the Turkish leader Putin called a “very serious” and noted that it was “discordant with previous” and expressed hope that the Turkish side will soon give a clarification on this.