MOSCOW, February 9. /TASS/. Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov has conveyed his condolences to his Turkish counterpart General Hulusi Akar over the death of three Turkish servicemen in the Syrian province of Aleppo in an unintentional airstrike by a Russian warplane.
"Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Army General Valery Gerasimov has expressed his condolences to General Hulusi Akar over the death of three Turkish servicemen in the area of the town of al-Bab as a result of a Russian warplane’s unintentional airstrike," the Defense Ministry of Russia reported.
"The Russian bombers were performing a combat mission to destroy the positions of ISIL militants in the area of the town of al-Bab," the ministry said.
In a telephone conversation, the chiefs of general staff of Russia and Turkey have agreed to closer coordinate joint actions in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry reported.
The top military "agreed on closer coordination of joint efforts as well as on exchange of information on the situation on the ground," the ministry said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered condolences to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan over an unintentional air strike against Turkish military in Syria, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said.
The theme of Syrian settlement was touched upon at a meeting held by the Russian president.
"Putin briefed the participants on his recent telephone conversation with Turkey’s President Erdogan. In part, he said he had offered condolences to his Turkish counterpart over the death of Turkish military personnel due to lack of coordination when Russia’s aerospace group attacked terrorists in a joint operation for retaking Al-Bab," Peskov said.