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Russian, Syrian presidents discuss economic relations, earthquake aftermath

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed economic relations and the aftermath of Turkish earthquakes with his visiting Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, in Moscow on Wednesday.

“Despite everything, our relations are developing, including in the economic sphere. Over the past year, a 7% increase in trade was recorded,” Putin said at a joint news conference.

Put said the earthquakes in southern Türkiye, which were also felt in Syria, exacerbated the humanitarian situation and Russia is trying to provide support.

More than 13 million people in Türkiye have been affected by the two powerful quakes that rocked 11 provinces and killed more than 48,448, according to official figures.

The quakes also killed 6,000 in Syria, according to the UN.​​​​​​​

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