Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, that "Russia and Turkey are cooperating successfully in the international arena, including with regard to the situation in Libya and Syria."
During a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Putin praised the "positive developments" in Russian-Turkish relations, and said: "It is our pleasure to note that our relations are developing and developing in a positive way. The relevant departments are constantly working with each other and in all directions,” according to a report by the Russia's Sputnik.
In turn, Erdogan said that peace in Syria "depends on Turkish-Russian relations," and praised "the joint steps taken on the Syrian issue."
The Russian city of Sochi is hosting the summit meeting between the Russian and Turkish presidents. The focus of the talks include bilateral relations, regional problems and the situations in Syria, Libya, Afghanistan and the Caucasus region.
The summit comes at a time when the removal mercenaries and foreign forces from Libya has stumbled, against the backdrop of Moscow’s requirement that it be simultaneous and Ankara invoking agreements with the former Libyan Government of National Accord that allow it to maintain its presence in Tripoli.
Last week, Libyan Presidential Council leader Mohamed Menfi held meetings in New York, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Turkish President on issues concerning national reconciliation and the advancement of a political settlement in Libya.