Erdogan says to take next steps in Syria after meeting Putin

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a gathering in Kayseri, Turkey, October 19, 2019. Mustafa Kamaci/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday Turkey would take “necessary” further steps in northeastern Syria after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, the day that a five-day Washington-brokered ceasefire expires.

“We will take up this process with Mr Putin and after that we will take the necessary steps,” Erdogan told a forum in Istanbul hosted by broadcaster TRT World, without elaborating.

Erdogan is due to hold talks with Putin on Tuesday in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Reporting by Can Sezer and Ezgi Erkoyun; Writing by Daren Butler; editing by Gareth Jones