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Putin, Erdogan to attend MAKS air show and hold talks on August 27

Putin and Erdogan will discuss the situation in Idlib and the settlement in Ukraine, according to the Kremlin spokesman

MOSCOW, August 26. /TASS/. The Presidents of Russia and Turkey - Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan - will attend the MAKS air show on August 27 and hold bilateral negotiations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.

"The [Russian] president will have a busy day tomorrow. Turkish President Erdogan will be in [the town of] Zhukovsky as part of his working visit. The two presidents will watch the exposition of [the MAKS air show] and hold bilateral talks," the Kremlin spokesman said.

MAKS-2019 airshow is to be held on August 27 - September 1 in Zhukovsky near Moscow.

According to the spokesman, Putin will also attend the closing ceremony of the WorldSkills 2019 World Championship in Kazan on August 27.

"Tomorrow WorldSkills closes in Kazan, Putin will be there," Peskov said.

The Kremlin spokesman said Putin and Erdogan will discuss the situation in Syria, in particular, Idlib, and the settlement in Ukraine at the talks on August 27.

"Of course, they will discuss both Syria and Ukraine, as well as other issues," Peskov said. "Of course, specific emphasis will be laid on Syrian affairs."

He recalled that Putin had stated on numerous occasions that he understood Ankara’s concerns about the situation in Syria. "At the same time, the president has repeatedly reaffirmed his concern about the intensification of terrorist activities in Idlib," Peskov added.

The Kremlin spokesman pointed to the need to foil these activities and wipe out terrorists. "The situation in Idlib, which continues to be Turkey’s area of responsibility in accordance with the Sochi agreements, remains rather complex," he stressed.

"The two presidents agreed to hold a meeting in Moscow tomorrow precisely to discuss that troublesome situation," the Kremlin spokesman noted.

He stressed that economic ties between the two countries would be on the agenda as well. "Turkey is our close partner, our ally," he emphasized. "We are bound by well-developed multifaceted trade relations, which are close even in such sensitive areas as military-technical cooperation."