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Russia, Turkey Resolve to Find Solution on Syria Crisis

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hands at their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012.
Dorian Jones
Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country is working with Turkey to resolve the ongoing crisis in Syria - an issue on which the two countries sharply disagree. He made the comment at a news conference in Istanbul during a one-day visit.

The crisis in Syria featured prominently in a day of talks between Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Differences over Syria have recently strained relations, with Erdogan strongly critical of Moscow's support of President Bashar al-Assad's government. But following the two leaders' meeting, Putin sought to distance himself from Damascus.

Putin said Russia is not protecting the government in Syria and that it is not an advocate of Damascus.

The two leaders confirmed that they held lengthy talks about Syria, including discussing a proposal by Erdogan, however no details were given about the proposal.

Putin said he will continue cooperating with Turkey and the international community to resolve the crisis.

The Russian president stressed there is common ground on Syria but there still is work to be done. He said the two countries' positions on what needs to be achieved are in complete accordance, but they have not reached agreement on the methods.

Ahead of Putin's visit, Erdogan suggested that Moscow could play a key role in ending the Syrian crisis. Putin reiterated his opposition to Ankara's request for NATO to deploy its Patriot anti-missile system to protect the country from any Syrian attack, saying it would further destabilize the region. But, he stressed he understood Turkey's concerns.

Observers noted that the two leaders were anxious to send a message that differences over Syria will not undermine deepening relations that are underpinned by a rapidly growing trade relationship. During the Russian president's visit, a number of trade and diplomatic agreements were signed, and a commitment was made to triple the current $30 billion in trade to $100 billion.

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by: Haron from: Afghanistan
December 05, 2012 1:10 PM
as I guess Mr, Sir Percy said the truth. Saudi Arabia and might be Qatar are the big problems for Turkish Government in political view. in Turkey there are two regions. one region is located to eastern and the another region is located for western. the distance is about 110 seconds by walking. if militants could defeat Syria government and Islam (as rebels claim) could be success. I'm sure Turkey will be divided in two 8 parts from inside by their people.

by: Sir Percy from: USA
December 03, 2012 5:53 PM
Turkish leadership must turn around. By hurting Syria, Turkey will hurt herself in the future. Turkey is a country consists of complex multiple ethnic groups. By sponsoring the attacks of Syria with other
Arab princes will set a bad example for Turkey’s own people and her neighbors. If continue down this path, Turkey will not receive any consideration when Turkey one day herself will be torn by turmoil and wars. There will be no Ottoman Empire for Turkey based on wars but there can be prosperous “empire” based on peace and economic achievement. Repent, it is still not too late to bring peace and prosperity back. The Turkish people deserve a better future.

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