Russia's Putin visits Turkey as ties between nation's deepen

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Ankara and Moscow agree on the territorial integrity of Iraq and Russia, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said while addressing a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Vladimr Putin on Thursday.

Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country has the right to sign agreements with whoever it wants, and that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has no authority to intervene in this regard.

Erdogan said they focused on the specifics of securing a de-escalation zone in Syria's northern province of Idlib on the border with Turkey, emphasizing the shared political will to contribute to the Syrian political settlement.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Wednesday that Russian-Turkish defense cooperation complies with global law and isn't aimed against other countries. "Besides, the countries cooperate in ensuring regional security, including in Syria", he said, adding that the two leaders will "synchronize watches on all these issues".

Putin and Erdogan also talked about the Iraqi Kurdish referendum held Monday, with the Turkish president denouncing it as a "big mistake" that eroded stability in the region.


Turkey has denounced the September 25 nonbinding referendum in Iraq's Kurdish region and accused its leader, Masud Barzani, of "treachery" for pursuing the vote.

The topic of S-400, Russia's most advanced missile systems which Ankara is planning to purchase, remains hotly-discussed in the media.

Erdogan said that the two sides had reaffirmed their determination to work closely and show a "joint will" to end the Syria conflict.

The deal, Turkey's most significant weapons purchase from a non-NATO supplier, has raised concerns in the West over technical compatibility with North Atlantic Treaty Organisation equipment.

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