one sentence that’s important in a whole stack of bollocks

Cinar Kiper, AP, Oct 10 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a visit to Turkey on Monday that Moscow and Ankara want to facilitate the delivery of aid to Aleppo, but that Syrian rebels would have to withdraw from a main supply route (Castello Rd – RB) to ensure the safety of deliveries. He blamed Pindostan for failing to get them to do so, saying:

The Pindo side does not want to do that, or is not capable of doing that.

The context, more broadly:

Russia and Turkey sign gas deal, seek common ground on Syria
Olesya Astakhova, Nick Tattersall, Reuters, Oct 10 2016

ISTANBUL – Turkey and Russia signed an agreement on Monday for the construction of a major undersea gas pipeline and vowed to seek common ground on the war in Syria, accelerating a normalization in ties nearly a year after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane. Erdogan hosted Putin at an Ottoman-era villa in Istanbul for talks which touched on energy deals, trade and tourism ties, defense and the conflict in Syria, where the two leaders back opposing sides. Erdogan told a joint news conference:

Today has been a full day with Pres Putin of discussing Russia-Turkish relations … I have full confidence that the normalization of Turkish-Russian ties will continue at a fast pace.

Putin said Moscow had decided to lift a ban on some food products from Turkey, and that both leaders had agreed to work toward the full-scale normalization of bilateral ties. They signed a deal on the Turk Stream undersea gas pipeline, which will allow Moscow to strengthen its position in the European gas market and cut energy supplies via Ukraine. The plan for Turk Stream emerged after Russia dropped plans to build the South Stream pipeline to Bulgaria due to opposition from Pindostan, which is trying to reduce Eurostan’s dependence on Russian gas. Erdogan also said plans for a Russian-built nuclear power plant in Turkey would be accelerated. Time lost on the Akkuyu project because of strained relations would be made up, he said. In 2013, Russia’s state nuclear corporation Rosatom won a $20b contract to build four reactors in what was to become Turkey’s first nuclear plant. Putin received Erdogan in a Tsarist-era palace outside his home city of St Petersburg in August, when the two leaders announced plans for an acceleration in trade and energy ties. But progress on Syria has been more problematic. Erdogan described the topic as “very sensitive” but said he had discussed Turkey’s military operations in Syria with Putin on Monday. Both men said they had agreed on the importance of delivering aid to the city of Aleppo. Putin said:

We have a common position that everything must be done to deliver humanitarian aid to Aleppo. The only issue is … ensuring the safety of aid delivery… We have agreed to intensify military contacts.

Erdogan said there would be further talks with Russia over the conflict in Syria. But there was little sign of any concrete progress toward reconciling their differences. Erdogan said:

We discussed … how we can cooperate on this matter, especially on humanitarian aid to Aleppo, what strategy can we implement so people in Aleppo can find peace. We will come together with our foreign ministries and top military leaders and intelligence officers.

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