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Senior Russian And Turkish Officials Finish Talks On Syria In Moscow

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Senior Russian And Turkish Officials Finish Talks On Syria In Moscow

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Senior Russian and Turkish officials held a meeting on the Syrian crisis in Moscow on Saturday. The sides discussed anti-terrorism issues, the withdrawal of U.S. forces and the political process in the country.

The Turkish side was represented by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, intelligence chief Hakan Fidan and presidential aide Ibrahim Kalin, while Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov, Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev, and presidential aide Yuri Ushakov represented Russia.

Following the meeting, Cavusoglu praised the Russian-Turkish cooperation on Syria and said that both counties will continue to work together to defend Syria’s “territorial integrity and political unity.”

“We will continue close cooperation with Russia and Iran on Syria and regional issues,” the Turkish Anadolu Agency quoted Cavusoglu as saying.

From his side, Lavrov said that the high-level Russian-Turkish meeting was “very useful” and confirmed that the two side discussed several issues in Moscow.

“Following the agreements, which were reached by our presidents, we discussed further steps to implement those tasks, which were outlined in the Astana format, primarily in the context of fighting terrorism, resolving humanitarian issues and creating conditions for refugees’ return,” the Russian foreign minister said, according to the Russian news agency TASS.

Both sides have not commented on the situation in the Syrian area of Manbij, where Turkish forces and Russian forces are now deployed. This may indicate that Moscow and Ankara have failed to reach an understanding on the issue, as for now.

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  • Jon Gruntha

    Hope Turkey was reminded of its place. Russia allowed them to set up a DMZ in Idlib and Syrian forces are still attacked daily. Turkey cannot control its terrorist puppets in Idilib and Afrin, it cannot be trusted.

    • adzsiam

      All it takes is to convince the Kurds to ally itself with Syria. While trust wont be mutual, the Kurds know the Syrians are their best option compared to whatever they have been promised and given so far. Anyway, they backed themselves to a corner to begin with.

  • Jesus

    Turks know Russia is a more reliable ally than US, they have multiple joint projects primarily Turkstream that is scheduled to deliver 50 billion cubic meters of gas a year, nuclear plants to be built with russian technology, possible joint weapons production, tourism and overall increased trade volumes.

    Turkey is playing coy with the US because of their involvement in the F35 program and money already spent, maybe a special waiver for Iranian oil, and to minimize the risk of predatory attacks by the US Treasury against the lira, causing it to loose significant value.

    Turkey has more to gain from Russia and Eurasia given the uncertain signals from Washington and EU’s reluctance to treat them equally, subsequently they will try not to ruffle any Russian feathers regarding Syrian matters, they will generate some drama for western consumption……however, that would be the extent of it.

    • Tudor Miron

      What they succesfuly do at this point is helping delusional Kurds get back to their senses.

  • RichardD

    The US getting out, leaves Turkey with no reason to stay, now that the Israelistan secession project is effectively dead, with no hope of resurrection as long as the US does in fact get out. And the Syrian government restores administration in SDF held areas and manages the Kurdish problem so that it’s not a threat to Turkey. As they did before the war.

    This still leaves the Jew problem. And with the resumption of air strikes from outside of Syrian airspace by the IAF after a quantum upgrade to Syria’s air defense system. Involving full satcom integration of Syria’s 1,000 launcher strong air defense system, the deployment of modern S-300s which are the primary component of Russia’s domestic air defense system at this time, and electronic warfare additions. It’s clear that the Jews have dismissed these improvements, and are proceeding with their Yinon plan provocations to keep the region mired in turmoil.

  • Barba_Papa

    Sounds like nothing of importance was being said in the statements, which means that no agreements were made. Which means the Russians have not made the Turks turn away from their imminent invasion plans.

    With diplomacy its all about reading between the lines and pay attention to what gets not said.

    • Tudor Miron

      I wiuld suggest to recall what I was saying a ~ year ago. I would think that things were agreed long before and I would not call it “imminent invasion” but let’s see how it unfolds.

  • jm74

    This article contradicts what is happening on the ground in Syria and the private deals made by Erdogan and Trump. Information coming from sources on or near Syria such as AMN have a different version of certain events, it is quite obvious that Erdogan is up to his usual tricks in backstabbing and the US in violating their own agreements.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    WOW, this was one serious meeting, only Putin didn’t attend but everyone else of importance did, WOW.
    This is high level discussion of the utmost importance to what’s about to happen in Syria, and what did we find out,

    “The sides discussed anti-terrorism issues, the withdrawal of U.S. forces and the political process in the country”.
    “Following the meeting, Cavusoglu praised the Russian-Turkish cooperation on Syria and said that both counties will continue to work together to defend Syria’s “territorial integrity and political unity.”
    We will continue close cooperation with Russia and Iran on Syria and regional issues,” the Turkish Anadolu Agency quoted Cavusoglu as saying”.

    Nothing new, we have to work it out for ourselves, that’s if we want to know what was really agreed on or not agreed to. I suspect by the Turks statements things aren’t going the way they’d hoped they would, otherwise the wording would have been very different covering the meeting, besides the evidence on the ground tells a story different to the version they’re all telling us, but maybe they’re not just trying to confuse us, maybe they’re trying to confuse each other as well.
    I think Erdogan’s the most confused now, the US and Russia seem to know exactly what they’re doing, but poor old Erdogan doesn’t, he seems to be the odd man out, and possibly the only one that’s really confused at the moment, mmm, I wonder why.