The Kremlin’s press service told ITAR-TASS that during the conversation the leaders of Russia and Turkey discussed topical issues on the international agenda, in particular, the Syrian conflict and the situation in Egypt. The importance of coordinated actions of the world community with a view to preventing further escalation of the crisis in the Middle East region was stressed.
The Russian-Turkish High Level Cooperation Council was established in May 2010 by the then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Tayyip Erdogan with the aim of creating "a governing body developing a strategy and main directions for the development of relations between Russia and Turkey." The Council will coordinate the implementation of important projects of political, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation.
Within the Council, a joint strategic planning group was established under the leadership of foreign ministers to discuss the main issues of Russian-Turkish cooperation in international affairs. Meetings of the High Level Cooperation Council are held once a year.