By Ela Gonca IzmirliRussian President Vladimir Putin hosted his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for bilateral talks on Wednesday in the Black Sea coastal city of Sochi, second time in 2017.
Both leaders stroke optimistic tones during during the press conference where Erdogan told Russia and Turkey can “change the destiny of the whole region.”
President Putin and President Erdogan answered questions after their meeting at Sochi. President Putin, answering a question said: “The relations [beween the two countries] are evolving as planned. I am glad that we had the chance to meet with [the Turkish President] to talk about critical issues related to our bilateral relations and fundamental international problems, including the Syrian crisis, which shows that Russia-Turkey relations now holds a special status and are completely mended. ”
Putin continued: “I would like to congratulate you once again on the outcome of the referendum. I believe that the internal political situation in your country will soon improve and that this will be beneficial to Russia-Turkey relations.”
President Erdogan, on his Tweeter account, mirrored what the Russian president said, saying “Now [Russia and Turkey] relations are beyond normalized. We are starting a new process. Good Luck.”
President Erdogan, during the press session of the conference, announced that Idlib is now declared a “conflict-free zone” and that the two countries have now started the arbitration talks for a truce in Syria.
President Erdogan on his Twitter account published the same message and on two other messages said: “Our goal is to stop the bloodshed and maintain the territorial integrity of Syria.” , “Terror organizations in Syria will keep gaining ground as long as the proxy wars don’t stop.”