President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned his colleagues from Russia and the United States Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump among the world leaders he likes.
“People may or may not like him, but he has no hidden agenda (for Turkey. Ed.),” he said about Trump, answering a question about which foreign leader he values. According to Erdoğan, the U.S. leader is extremely open in a conversation with his Turkish counterpart.
Speaking of Putin, Erdoğan also noted the absence of “hidden agendas.”
“We are acting in a way that remains open to each other. Together we will achieve peace in the region (Syria),” said the Turkish president.
At the same time, he expressed dissatisfaction with the European leaders, noting that none of them can be called an exemplary leader.
On November 14, Russia and Turkey completed their sixth joint patrol in Syria.
The decision on joint patrolling in the SAR was made on October 22 at the meeting of Putin and Erdogan in Sochi. On 9 November, the heads of state held telephone conversations during which they once again confirmed their commitment to the memorandum on Syria.
The conflict in Syria has been ongoing since 2011. In 2015, at the request of official Damascus, the Russian Armed Forces began to assist the authorities in liberating the country’s territories from militants. Two years later, the terrorist organization Islamic State was defeated, and the Russian command announced the end of the active phase of the military operation. At the present time, some areas are still being cleared of individual groups of militants.