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Kremlin does not reveal whether Erdogan clarified his stance on Assad

November 30, 2016, 21:16 UTC+3

The statement of the Turkish president on the true goal of Ankara’s steps in Syria came as a surprise to Moscow, the Kremlin spokesman said earlier

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MOSCOW, November 30. /TASS/. The Kremlin has preferred to refrain from comments on whether the Turkish president clarified his own statement on the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad when he spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone.

"A broad exhange of opinion took place," Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said when TASS asked him if the two presidents had discussed the issue.

The Kremlin press service said earlier the Russian and Turkish presidents had discussed the pressing issues of Russian-Turkish relations, including the bilateral contacts due to take place at various levels shortly.

Putin also expressed condolences over the death of children during fire in a dormitory for girls in the southern Turkish city of Adana.

The blaze that broke out there on November 29 claimed the lives of 12 people including eleven schoolgirls in the age group of ten to fourteen yeas old. A total of thirteen girls received injuries.

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