Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin revealed on October 19 that the leaders of Turkey, Russia, Germany and France will hold their long-awaited summit on Syria in Istanbul on October 27.
“The summit will aim to address the Syrian conflict with all its aspects, focusing on the situation on the ground, the Idlib agreement and the political process, and to harmonize joint efforts for finding a lasting solution to the conflict,” Kalin said in a statement, according to the Turkish Anadolu Agency.
Meanwhile, Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary for the President of Russia, told reporters that nobody should expect “breakthrough decisions” from the quadrilateral summit because these talks are not about “breakthroughs”.
According to Peskov, the leaders of the four countries will discuss the repatriation of the Syrian refugees and the deconfliction agreement on the northern Syrian governorate of Idlib during the summit.
The quadrilateral summit may pave the way for more coordination between Russia and the European Union on the Syrian crisis. Such a development could boost the political process in the war torn country and force the U.S., which is stuck in its old policies, to become more flexible.