Putin tells Erdogan Russia ready to increase anti-terrorism cooperation: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a signing ceremony following a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, Japan, December 16, 2016. Sputnik/Michael Klimentyev/Kremlin/via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan in a telegram on Saturday that Russia was ready to increase cooperation against terrorism after a car bomb attack in the Turkish city of Kayseri, Russian news agencies reported.

Putin also expressed his condolences to Erdogan and said he was sure the response to such attacks should be a more resolute struggle against extremist groups.

Reporting by Alexander Winning; Editing by Helen Popper