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Turkey's Erdogan, Russia's Putin held talks on phone over Syria ceasefire - spokesman
December 29, 2016 / 2:01 PM / in a year

Turkey's Erdogan, Russia's Putin held talks on phone over Syria ceasefire - spokesman

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart on Thursday to discuss the ceasefire in Syria due to come into effect at midnight, Erdogan’s spokesman said in a statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan arrive for a joint news conference following their meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, October 10, 2016. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

The leaders also discussed upcoming talks about Syria due to take place in the Kazakh capital Astana, spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in the statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a ceasefire between Syrian opposition groups and the Syrian government starting at midnight on Thursday. The Kremlin statement came after Moscow, Iran and Turkey said they were ready to broker a peace deal in the nearly six-year-old Syrian war.

Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle

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