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Russian President Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin - Russian politician.

Born on October 7, 1952 in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg. Prez discussed with his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan

Recep Tayyip Erdogan - Turkish politician and prime minister.

Born on February 26, 1954 in Istanbul. In a telephone conversation today, he discussed the situation in Ukraine, Syria and energy issues, BTA and Reuters reported, referring to the Kremlin press service.

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The Russian president "highlighted the destructive role of Western countries pumping Kyiv with weapons and providing it with operational information and guidance on the coordinates of military targets," the statement said.

At the same time, "Putin reaffirmed that Russia is open to a serious dialogue, provided that the authorities in Kyiv fulfill known and repeatedly expressed demands and take into account the new territorial realities," the Kremlin press service also said, as quoted by TASS.

For his part, the Turkish president told his Russian counterpart that peace efforts in Ukraine must be supported by a unilateral ceasefire and a "vision of a just solution", Reuters reported, citing his office.

The two leaders also expressed hope that the continuation of contacts on the situation in Syria in a tripartite format will help to settle the conflict in that country.

Erdogan talks to Putin, calls for unilateral ceasefire

"Attention was paid to the prospects of settling the conflict in Syria. A positive assessment was given to the meeting of defense ministers held in Moscow in December 2022 with the participation of the heads of the intelligence services of Russia, Turkey and Syria. It was hoped that the development of contacts in such a tripartite format will contribute to a cardinal improvement of the situation in Syria, including the restoration of territorial integrity, the resolution of the refugee problem and the tasks of combating international terrorist structures," the Kremlin press release said.

Erdogan's office indicated that he had drawn attention to the need for Syria to take political steps to possibly normalize its relations with Turkey.

The two leaders also discussed a number of energy issues, including the creation of a gas hub in Turkey and the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant, the Kremlin press service also reported.

Erdogan and Putin have spoken on several occasions since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February.

Turkey played a mediating role with the United Nations for the conclusion of the agreement allowing the export of grain from Ukrainian ports, notes Reuters.

According to the Kremlin press service, Putin reiterated to Erdogan that all obstacles to Russian food and fertilizer exports, which Moscow considers part of the grain deal, must be lifted.

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