Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his Turkish and Iranian counterparts in Sochi on November 22 in first ever three-side summit dedicated to regulating the situation in Syria.
The leaders of the three countries, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Iran’s Hassan Rouhani and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan met at the “Rus” resort.
Putin opened the summit by saying that the full fledged action against the terrorist threat comes to a close, thanks to the efforts of Russia, Iran and Turkey, that stopped Syria from dissolution.
“The full fledged assault against terrorist groups in Syria are coming to an end,” said Putin. “The efforts of Russia, Iran and Turkey managed to avoid the collapse of Syria, its capture by international terrorist forces, and avoid the humanitarian catastrophe.”
Russian leader stated that a truly decisive strike was dealt to the militants and that “a real chance to put an end to a long civil war appeared.”
Putin expressed his hopes that Russia, Iran and Turkey will put maximum effort to make Syrian National Dialogue Congress a success.
“The Syrian people will have to decide its own future and coordinate the principles of their state structure. It goes without saying that the reformation process will be a tough one, will require compromises from all sides, including the Syrian government. I hope Russia, Iran and Turkey will do all in their power to make this a productive process,” Russian leader said.
Putin also suggested discussing the idea of an integrated Syria restoration plan. “Considering the colossal scale of destruction that took place in Syria, it would be a good idea to consider developing a long-form integrated Syria restoration plan”, he suggested.
He also stated that the success of the future transformations will depend heavily on solving social and economic troubles in Syria, as in restoring the economy, agriculture, infrastructure, health care and education. According to Putin, humanitarian aspect plays an equally important part, including helping the populace, demining the liberated territories and helping the refugees return home. Thousands of refugees already returned home, after the de-escalation zones were created, Putin noted.
Speaking of an integrated Syria restoration plan, the Russian leader said that Russia, Turkey and Iran should concentrate stabilizing the long-form situation in Syria, and on post-war restoration.
“It’s clear that we approached a new stage, allowing us to kickstart a real political regulation process,” said Putin. “I think our efforts should be focused on stabilizing the long-form situation in Syria, with the political process taking centerstage and finalizing these negotiations within the Geneva process and helping the post-war restoration in Syria.”
The meeting was one of the most important events to find a diplomatic solution of the Syrian crisis after the sides had failed to achieve any progress within the Geneva format.