On April 3, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara. The leaders will discuss the situation in Syria amid the final phase of the liberation of Eastern Ghouta.
Turkey, Russia and Iran have managed to establish a de-escalation zone in Damascus and humanitarian pauses that have decreased hostilities and allowed thousands of civilians to escape combat zones.
In January 2017, the three nations brokered the Syrian National Dialogue Congress to force the peace process. This meeting resulted in the agreement to create the Constitutional Committee, which will create a new constitution for Syria.
The Russian president will also discuss with Erdogan the construction of Turkey’s first nuclear power plant at Akkuyu. Russia is standing “at the onset of the creation of the nuclear industry in Turkey,” said Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov. The first reactor is expected to begin working in 2023. Russia will remain the plant’s owner effectively selling power to Turkey.
Another topic between Russia and Turkey is the sale of Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile complexes. Despite protests by the US and other “Western allies”, Turkey, a NATO member, has been forging ahead with the purchase. Now Russia must force deliveries to supply the S-400s before 2020.