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Ahead of his visit to Russia, the Turkish leader gave an interview to TASS First Deputy Director General Mikhail Gusman.

"It will be a historical visit, a new start. I believe talks with my friend Vladimir will open up a new page in bilateral relations. Our countries have a lot to do together," he said.

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"It is impossible to find solution to the Syrian problem without Russia's participation. We can settle the crisis in Syria only in cooperation with Russia," he said.