An accidental Russian airstrike killed three Turkish soldiers and wounded 11 others in the area of al-Bab in northern Syria on February 9, the Turkish General Staff said.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the incident.
“Peskov said that Russia and Turkey will jointly investigate the deadly incident. The Kremlin spokesman told Sputnik that Putin told Erdogan that Turkish soldiers had died as a result of non-coordination of coordinates during Russian military jets’ strikes in Syria.
The Russian and Turkish presidents held a phone conversation earlier on Thursday. Putin expressed condolences to Erdogan over the deaths of Turkish soldiers near Syria’s al-Bab, the Kremlin said earlier. They also agreed to expand military coordination during the operation against militants from Daesh and other extremist groups in Syria,” the Russian state-run news agency “Sputniknews” reported.
The Russian Defense Ministry has also confirmed the incident and the head of the Russian General Staff, Valery Gerasimov, had a phone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar.
“Russian bombers have been carrying out a combat mission destroying Daesh positions in al-Bab area. The chiefs of the [Turkish and Russian] general staffs agreed to closer coordinate joint actions and exchange information about the situation on the ground.”