Şimal Çınar –TDO- According to a statement that was issued by the Kremlin on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin talked on the phone with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the two countries have agreed to strengthen their military and security coordination in Syria in the fight against terrorism. The two leaders also agreed for the establishment of and speeding up the process for new observation posts near the de-escalation zones and they have exchanged views on the Astana process, a forum for holding talks on ceasefires in Syria based in the Kazakh capitals. The presidential sources reported that Erdogan and Putin reaffirmed determination to cooperate and act together regarding the issue in Eastern Ghouta while touching upon the humanitarian situation.
RIA News Agency reported that the Kremlin spokesman said a possible summit meeting was discussed, but no date had been agreed upon. Turkish state-run Anadolu News Agency reported that the call focused on the Syrian regions of Afrin and Idlib, also on a summit between the three guarantor countries of the Astana process -Turkey, Russia and Iran- which will be held in Istanbul soon.