Erdogan says expectations from Russian-Turkish joint efforts on Syria high

HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 07: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pose for a family photo during the G20 summit on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

During the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the expectations from joint efforts of Moscow and Ankara in a Syrian settlement were very high, praising Russia’s role in the process.

Erdogan and Putin met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg.

“[Joint efforts of Moscow and Ankara] send a clear signal to the peoples of the region and the whole world community. The expectations are really very high,” Erdogan said.

The president noted that a huge contribution has also been made in the development of Turkish-Russian relations.

“Personally and on behalf of my people I would like to express gratitude to you for the role you played [in the Syrian settlement],” Erdogan told Putin.

Turkey has been voicing its desire to attack the Kurdish populated and governed Afrin in northwestern Syria, a region where Russian forces are active. Kurdish YPG commander Sipan Hemo said in an interview that Turkey would not be able to launch an offensive against Afrin without prior approval from Russia.