Erdogan is looking forward to talks with his 'friend Vladimir' Putin

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, hopes that negotiations with the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, in St. Petersburg will open a new page in the relationship between the two countries.

"It will be a historic visit, a new beginning.  In talks with my friend Vladimir, I believe, it will be the opening of a new page our bilateral relations.  Our countries have much to do together," Erdogan said in an interview with TASS ahead of his visit to Russia.

Russia's participation is very important for the settlement of the situation in Syria, Erdogan said.  "It is impossible to find a solution to the Syrian problem without the participation of Russia.  Only by cooperating with Russia we will be able to resolve the crisis in Syria," he said.

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