Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Syria with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a phone conversation on July 14, the Kremlin said in a statement.
"Particular attention was paid to joint steps aimed at resolving the crisis in Syria on the basis of resolutions of the UN Security Council and the agreements reached within the Astana format," the statement said. " agreed to stay in contact."
Russia, Turkey, and Iran are all involved in the Syrian conflict and sponsor peace talks in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana.
Meanwhile, a Turkish presidential source quoted by Reuters said Erdogan told Putin on July 14 that the avoidance of "negative developments" in Syria’s northwestern Idlib Province was important in terms of encouraging opposition groups to attend a meeting in Astana planned for July 30-31.
"President Erdogan stressed that the targeting of civilians in Daraa was worrying and said that if the Damascus regime targeted Idlib in the same way the essence of the Astana accord could be completely destroyed," the source said.