Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the trilateral collaboration among Russia, Turkey and Iran to settle the lingering conflict in Syria was paying off, preparing the ground for dialogue.
Relations between Russia and Turkey are almost back to the level they were prior to the Turkish downing of a Russian warplane over Syria two years ago, the presidents of both countries have said. Russia, Turkey and Iran are guarantors of the four de-escalation zones in Syria, which were agreed during talks in the Kazakh capital Astana in May.
"If a military solution [in Syria] is out of the question, then those who say this [Russia and the US] should pull their troops out ... and steps for a political solution should be taken", he said. He said the Russian state nuclear agency Rosatom would begin work at the Akkuyu site in the near future. "In addition, we are cooperating in addressing a number of issues related to the fight against terrorist threats", the deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs stressed.
He added that the bilateral trade volume between Turkey and Russian Federation had increased more than 30 percent in the first eight months of this year compared to last year.
"Russia and the USA must withdraw their forces if the military solution was indeed not on the table", he added.