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Putin and Erdogan confirm lack of alternative to political settlement in Syria

MOSCOW, May 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in a telephone conversation confirmed lack of an alternative to a political settlement of the inter-Syrian conflict.

The Kremlin’s press service reports the telephone conversation was initiated by the Turkish side.

“The parties discussed the situation in Syria,” the press service said. “Putin and Erdogan confirmed it was unacceptable to have whatever contacts with radical groups, especially those connected with al Qaeda and it was necessary to neutralize them.”

Besides, the parties “stressed the lack of an alternative to settling by political means the inter-Syrian conflict,” the press service said.