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Putin, Erdogan come up with new settlement proposals for Syria

December 03, 2012, 20:05 UTC+3
He stressed that Russia and Turkey would continue their joint efforts to achieve a settlement in Syria
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Photo ITAR-TASS

Photo ITAR-TASS

ISTANBUL, December 3 (Itar-Tass) —— Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan came up with a number of new settlement proposals for Syria during their talks on Monday, December 3, and they will work on them.

“Russia and Turkey have so far not been able to come to agreement on how to settle the conflict in Syria, but their assessments of the situation are identical,” Putin said after the talks.

They also have agreed on “what kind of situation we should achieve”.

“We have so far not been able to finds a common stance on how to achieve these goals and how to resolve the problem,” Putin said.

He stressed that Russia and Turkey would continue their joint efforts to achieve a settlement in Syria.

Putin said on Monday, December 3, that the relevant instructions have been given to the Russian and Turkish foreign ministries.

“We will continue joint work with Turkey on the Syrian settlement, and relevant instructions have been given to the heads of the foreign ministries,” he added.

He stressed that Syria has more urgent things to deal with than attacking Turkey.

Putin said attacks on Turkey from Syria were incidental. “I am sure that this is an incident,” he said.

However, he believes that “this is a large moral load on Turkey” and “but it is not all the same to us, this is very close to our borders and we will continue our contacts”.

Putin said that Syria is not anywhere near to creating nuclear weapons and noted. At the same time, Putin made it clear that is not acting as a lawyer for the present Syrian leadership.

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