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> Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan promising to work together for a ceasefire in Syria. The Russian and Turkish leaders meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. But working together may not be so easy in practice. The pair back opposing sides in the six-year civil war.
Russia on the Syrian government side, Turkey backing the rebels. Relations had gone into deep freeze after Turkey shot down a Russian jet near its border with Syria in 2015. But they say they've put that behind them, reports Reuters bureau chief, Nick Tattersall.>> What came out in the talks in Sochi was a sense of optimism on the Turkish side that some sort of political solution ultimately can be found in Syria involving Russia.
Erdogan said that he had agreed with Putin on the need to punish those responsible for chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Not always clear whether there is full agreement between Russia and Turkey on that, given the fact that they sit on different sides of the fence on the Syria conflict.
>> The two leaders, who both face western criticism over their rights records, voicing cautious support for safe zones in Syria to protect civilians, an idea backed by US president, Donald Trump.>> Putin's saying that the safe zones that have long been advocated by Turkey are broadly an idea that has some support internationally.
But that the details need to be hammered out. And that they should be implemented only as part of a process leading to a wider ceasefire.>> Relations have now recovered, according to Putin. To some diplomats, that provides the ghost of a chance to steer Syria's warring sides towards a ceasefire.