Putin says working with Turkey on new Syria peace talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that he and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan have reached an agreement to work on launching a new series of peace talks between the Syrian regime and opposition.

Putin told a press conference in Tokyo, where he met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, that the next step for “normalization” in the war-torn country was to reach an agreement on a nationwide ceasefire.

“The day before yesterday in a phone conversation we agreed with President Erdoğan that we will offer the conflicting parties — we to the government of Syria and the Turkish president to the representatives of the armed opposition — to continue peace talks at a new venue, and this could be Kazakhstan’s capital Astana,” he was quoted as saying by Russian news agency TASS.

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