ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have discussed the ways of closer cooperation in the fight against the outbreak of COVID-19.
Turkish Presidential office in a statement said both leaders also discussed regional developments as well as bilateral issues during the telephonic conversation.
In Turkey, the death toll from the virus climbed to 277, and the confirmed cases rose to over 15,000 on Thursday.
Turkey sent medical supplies such as masks to Italy and Spain, the two European countries hardest affected by the novel coronavirus, the ministry of defence had said on April 1.
“Health supplies prepared to fight COVID-19 together, and with the hopes of seeing brighter days were sent en route to Spain and Italy by a military plane,” the ministry had tweeted in English.
An accompanying video clip had showed a cargo plane of the Turkish military A-400 M preparing to take off. The defence ministry had posted the same message in Turkish, Spanish and Italian.