Russia, Turkey and Iran have prepared a text of the Moscow declaration on immediate steps in resolving the Syrian conflict and are ready to guarant its implementation, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu announced.
“Today experts are working on the text of the Moscow declaration on immediate steps toward resolving the Syrian crisis. This is a thorough, extremely necessary document,” the Russian defense minister said at the meeting with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Dehghan.
Shoigu said that all previous “attempts to agree on joint efforts undertaken by the US or their partners were doomed” and added that “none of them exerted real influence on the situation on the ground.”
The Russian official emphasized that the approval of the declaration at the level of defense and foreign ministers shows a willingness to “act as guarantors and jointly resolve the urgent issues of the Syrian crisis.”
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu is also currently in Moscow for talks with Russia’s Sergey Lavrov and Iran’s Mohammad Javad Zarif. Cavusoglu said that the trilateral cooperation has proven its effectiveness in eastern Aleppo and vowed to spread ot to other parts of Syria.
Cavusoglu said tha the ceasefire should be implemented in all parts of Syria, but it doesn’t concern ISIS or Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra).