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Putin, Erdogan discuss Russia-Turkey economic ties in phone call

Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan have positively assessed the implementation of joint projects of Russia and Turkey, the Kremlin press service said on Friday after their telephone conversation. They discussed, in particular, the cooperation in the energy sector. The presidents discussed “the current state and prospects for further development of mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation between the two countries,” the Kremlin said. It added that a schedule for further contacts at various levels was also discussed. A source in the Turkish president’s administration told journalists earlier that the two leaders had discussed the latest developments in Syria and settlement efforts in the Astana format, TASS reported.