Putin invites Erdogan to Russia amid Syria offensive: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin invited on Wednesday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Russia amid the Turkish offensive in northeastern Syria. (File photo: Reuters)

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the conflict in Syria in a phone call with Recep Tayyip Erdogan and invited the Turkish leader to soon visit Russia, the Kremlin said.

Putin invited Erdogan “for a working visit in the coming days. The invitation was accepted,” Putin’s office said in a statement late Tuesday.

It said the two leaders emphasized “the need to prevent confrontations between units of the Turkish army and Syrian armed forces.”

The call was initiated by Turkey, the Kremlin said.

Putin raised concerns in the call about “terrorists attempting to break free and infiltrate neighboring countries” amid Ankara’s offensive against Kurdish-held areas of northern Syria.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56