Putin in talks with Turkish, Iraqi leaders
Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone with leaders of Turkey and Iraq about the battle for Mosul, where Iraqi forces are fighting to oust the Islamic State (IS) group, the Kremlin said on Wednesday. Putin “wished the Iraqi army and its allies complete success in their objectives,” the Kremlin said in a statement on his conversations with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
He also informed the Iraqi leader about the “measures taken by Russia to defuse the situation” in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Moscow has announced that Russian and Syrian air forces had stopped bombing Aleppo ahead of an eight-hour “humanitarian pause” in the battered city on Wednesday.