Syrian issue will be discussed during Putin-Erdogan meeting
Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit Turkey to discuss various issues including the Syrian conflict. Iranian Press TV informs about this.
Putin is to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit to Istanbul on Monday, amid disagreements between Moscow and Ankara over the 20-month Syrian conflict.
"The negotiations are to touch upon a series of urgent international and regional issues including reconciliation in the Middle East, the situation in the Gaza Strip, the crisis in Syria, as well as cooperation," Putin's foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov said in a statement.
Tensions between Turkey and Syria climaxed on October 10, when Turkish F-16 fighter jets intercepted a Syrian Airbus A320 en route from Russia to Syria over Turkish airspace and escorted it to Ankara’s Esenboga Airport.
The plane was reportedly carrying 35 passengers on board, including 17 Russian nationals.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil.
The Syrian government says that the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals.