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Turkish military chief talked with Russian official over Syria

Turkish military chief talked with Russian official over SyriaThe head of the Turkish armed forces, General Hulusi Akar and his Russian counterparts held "constructive" talks on the situation in Syria's Aleppo and the fight against Islamic State, Reuters cited the Turkish military statement on Wednesday.

Russia and Turkey, a NATO member, back opposing sides in the Syrian conflict. In recent months they have been normalizing ties that broke down a year ago when Turkey shot down a Russian warplane along its border with Syria.

Akar visited Russia on Tuesday with Turkey's intelligence chief to discuss military cooperation and regional developments.

"The subjects taken up in the talks were a settlement to the clashes in Syria and normalization of the situation in Aleppo as well as continuing to develop coordination between the two countries with the aim of ... ending the threat from Daesh (Islamic State)," the Turkish statement said.

"The talks were held in a constructive atmosphere," it said, without giving further details.
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