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Russia's Putin says discussed Iraqi Kurds' vote with Erdogan

Russia's Putin says discussed Iraqi Kurds' vote with Erdogan

Negotiations of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan lasted more than an hour and a half, APA reports quoting RIA Novosti.

The two leaders are expected to discuss the timing of troop deployment in the Syrian province. Russian Federation and Iran are backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the conflict, while Turkey and the United States are supporting various rebel groups opposed to Assad's rule.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Wednesday that Russian-Turkish defense cooperation complies with global law and isn't aimed against other countries.

But Russia, Turkey, and Iran earlier this month agreed to create a "de-escalation zone" in Idlib, an area under the control of opposition forces in northern regions.

Erdo─čan said Ankara was pleased that trade volume between the two countries has risen by 22 percent so far this year, reiterating that Turkey and Russian Federation aimed to reach $100-billion trade in the near future.

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A grand jury in Washington indicted 15 Turkish security officials, as well as four civilians, on assault charges in August. One police official said the violence had been sparked by competing protesters not by Erdogan's security forced.

They both stressed the importance of preserving the territorial integrity of both Iraq and Syria, the sources said.

He said the two sides would "synchronize their watches on all of these issues".

The Syria deal helped warm up ties and restore bilateral trade and the flow of Russian tourists to Turkey, halted in the wake of the 2015 plane incident.

The topic of S-400, Russia's most advanced missile systems which Ankara is planning to purchase, remains hotly-discussed in the media.

Turkey has fiercely opposed the region's plans for independence as Ankara has deep-rooted problems with its Kurdish militants along its borders with Iraq and Syria.

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