Erdogan discusses Syrian issue with Putin over telephone

ANKARA, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the "humanitarian tragedy" in Syria's Aleppo with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putinin a phone call, presidential sources stated late Wednesday.

The sources also said both presidents agreed that aid efforts for the embattled city should be sped up. They also agreed upon the need to put an end to clashes in Aleppo, Turkish Daily Sabah reported.

Erdogan and Putin have discussed Syrian issue twice on the phone in the past week.

The calls covered bilateral ties as well as a "resolution to the Syrian conflict," notably the possibility of "coordinated efforts in the fight against terrorism."

Meanwhile, Erdogan's recent assertion that the Turkish military operation in Syria was aimed at "ending the rule of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad" has raised eyebrows in Russia, with the Kremlin and the Russian Foreign Ministry awaiting an explanation.

The Kremlin said Wednesday that Erdogan's remarks had come as a surprise to Moscow, Turkish Hurriyet News reported.

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