Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan enter a hall during a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, March 10, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sought to build cooperation with Russian leader Vladimir Putin Friday over military operations in Syria, as Turkey attempts to create a border "safe zone" free of Daesh (ISIS) and the Kurdish YPG militia.Turkey considers the YPG the Syrian arm of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) that has been fighting an insurrection on Turkish soil for 30 years.Russian-backed forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad are also operating in the north of the country, close to Turkish borders. Erdogan echoed the comments, saying that maintaining Syria's current borders was Turkey's "main goal".The cooperation on Syria between Russia and Turkey marked a sharp turnaround for the two nations.
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