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Putin, Erdogan confirm need for urgent efforts to end Middle East violence

November 17, 2012, 1:19 UTC+3

The telephone conversation was requested by the Turkish side

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MOSCOW, November 17 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan held a telephone conversation on Friday to confirm the need for urgent efforts in order to put an end to violence in the Middle East as soon as possible and to return the situation onto the peace track, the Kremlin’s press-service said on Friday.

The telephone conversation was requested by the Turkish side.

“The main attention was paid to the worsening tensions over Gaza. In connection of the escalation of the armed conflict, which is causing civilian casualties, the Russian president and the Turkish prime minister agreed on the further coordination of efforts in the bilateral format and in contact with all parties concerned,” the press-service said.

Also, the parties exchanged views on the topical issues of Russian-Turkish relations in the context of the forthcoming meeting of the high level cooperation council.


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