Turkey indicates priorities in Syria before meeting in Sochi

Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Syrian counterpart Bashar al Assad during a meeting in Sochi

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for "a little over an hour" Tuesday morning, discussing a range of pressing worldwide concerns a day after Putin met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a White House official told CNN. In addition, the two leaders discussed how to achieve peace in Ukraine and the need to keep pressure on North Korea to end its nuclear program, it said.

Trump called it a "great call" Tuesday afternoon as he left the White House to spend Thanksgiving in Florida.

Trump's phone call with the Russian president on Tuesday comes a day after Putin met with Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Ankara Moscow and Tehran are cooperating with increasing intensity on ending the over six-year civil war in Syria that has left 330,000 dead and millions homeless
Turkey indicates priorities in Syria before meeting in Sochi

Trump and Putin spoke informally several times when they attended the Apec summit in Vietnam.

The United States has backed various rebel forces in Syria as well as the SDF, which has battled the Islamic State jihadist group, while Russian Federation is an even more active party to the conflict, carrying out air strikes directly in support of Assad's forces. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri came ahead of Wednesday's trilateral summit on Syria with the participation of Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. "Today [on Monday] I am set to hold a conversation with the emir of Qatar, tomorrow [on Tuesday] a talk with US President Donald Trump is expected to take place, and after that, conversations with the leaders of the regional countries will be held", Putin said. Putin also called for coordination of anti-terror efforts with the USA, the Kremlin said, adding that Afghanistan was also discussed. They agreed on a number of principles for the future of war-torn Syria.

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