Mosul battle: Vladimir Putin in talks with Turkish and Iraqi leaders, says Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone with the leaders of Turkey and Iraq about battle for Mosul, where Iraqi forces are fighting to oust the Islamic State group, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

AFP October 19, 2016 14:44:30 IST
Mosul battle: Vladimir Putin in talks with Turkish and Iraqi leaders, says Kremlin

Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone with the leaders of Turkey and Iraq about battle for Mosul, where Iraqi forces are fighting to oust the Islamic State 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.

Mosul battle Vladimir Putin in talks with Turkish and Iraqi leaders says Kremlin

File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin. AP

He also informed the Iraqi leader about the "measures taken by Russia to defuse the situation" in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Moscow announced on Tuesday that Russian and Syrian air forces had stopped bombing Aleppo ahead of an eight-hour "humanitarian pause" in the battered city on Wednesday.

Putin is to attend a summit on Syria in Berlin later on Wednesday with the leaders of France and Germany.

In a separate conversation, Putin also discussed the battle for Mosul with Erdogan, the Kremlin said, but gave no further details.

The long-awaited offensive against Iraq's second city began on Monday with air and ground support from a US-led coalition.

Turkey said on Tuesday it will continue to take part in the air operation after Ankara agreed a deal with its coalition partners.

Plans for the offensive were marked by tensions between Iraq and Turkey, which insisted on being part of the operation despite objections from Baghdad.

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