Turkey Flexes Military Muscle on Syrian Border Ahead of Putin-Erdogan Meeting

Sunday, April 30, 2017
By Paul Martin


Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan are scheduled to meet on May 3 in Sochi, with the visit coming at a time when Ankara-led forces have been increasingly active in northern Syria.

The six-year-long conflict in Syria has always been a major point of contention for Moscow and Ankara since they rarely see eye to eye on what should be done to bring lasting peace to the war-torn Arab country.

In an interview with Sputnik Turkey, Yasin Aktay, deputy chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party, said that Russia and Turkey should not suspend bilateral dialogue to avoid major negative implications.

“In any case, diplomatic channels between our nations must remain open. We must preserve and foster cooperation and opportunities to discuss all the important issues, even the most critical and sensitive ones. These considerations helped us to restore bilateral relations following a major crisis. Clearly, close dialogue between two major nations is a key factor when it comes to ensuring security and stability of the Middle East,” he said.

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