Turkey-Russia solidarity in settling regional crises strengthens their ties: Erdogan

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

President Vladimir Putin is holding a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan following a meeting in Russia's Sochi.

He was speaking at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Turkish media reported November 13.

For his part, Erdoğan also said Turkey's work with Russian Federation and Iran has yielded positive results on the ground.

In response to a question on Russian Federation and the United States rejecting a military solution to the conflict in Syria, Erdogan said, "those who do not believe in a military solution in Syria should pull their troops out". "Rosatom is set to start the practical stage of the project's implementation in the near future", Putin said, adding that the launch of the first Akkuyu NPP reactor is planned for 2023.

On Monday, Kuwaiti Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said Erdogan's visit would provide an opportunity to exchange views on common issues. It is expected that the two leaders will exchange opinions on regional and global issues, including the joint fight against terrorism and the Syrian peace settlement.

He added that the bilateral trade volume between Turkey and Russian Federation had increased more than 30 percent in the first eight months of this year compared to last year.

Regional and worldwide developments as well as bilateral relations between Turkey and the Gulf countries will be discussed in detail, the statement added.

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