"Despite the difficulties, we managed to secure a positive outcome. I regard these accords to be our shared and exceptionally important success, the success that was achieved with the help of our friend, Mr. Erdogan," the Russian President was quoted as saying.

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Vladimir Putin emphasized that defeating terrorism in Syria is important to the entire world as well as to the region.

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"We create conditions to make sure that refugees can go back home, which is critical to intensifying the UN-sponsored dialogue on the long-term political settlement in Geneva," he said. Both leader reiterated their willingness to continue cooperation until the Syria crisis is fully resolved.