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Erdogan presses for 'concrete steps' in Syria during call with Putin

President Erdogan tells his Russian counterpart Putin that the Syrian government needs to be "constructive" for "concrete results" in Syria.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the Sixth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, Astana, Kazakhstan, Oct. 13, 2022.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Thursday that “concrete steps are needed” to weed out Syrian Kurdish groups from the northern region of Syria, and that Damascus needed to adopt a “constructive” approach.

The call is the first direct contact between the two leaders after landmark talks between Turkish, Russian and defense and intelligence chiefs in Moscow last week.

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