The timeframe for a meeting of foreign ministers of Russia, Turkey and Syria is yet to be negotiated, Mikhail Bogdanov, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa, told TASS on February 4.
According to the senior diplomat, Russia is currently holding consultations on the issue with Turkey, Syria as well as Iran. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov revealed earlier this week that an agreement to involve Iran in the ongoing Turkish-Syrian normalization talks has been reached.
“We are working on the issue of holding a ministerial meeting; we held consultations with delegations from Syria and Iran, and in contact with our Turkish partners through the embassies. This work continues. But there is no timeframe, yet,” Bogdanov told TASS.
The diplomat went on to confirm that Russia, Turkey and Syria will hold what he called “expert consultations” before this month. This was first revealed by Turkish defense minister Hulusi Akar just a few days earlier.
Ankara cut all ties with Damascus after the outbreak of the war in Syria, more than a decade ago. Today, it is the main backer of rebels and its military occupies vast parts of the country.
In December, the Turkish-Syrian normalization talks saw a breakthrough when the defense ministers and intelligence chiefs of the two countries met in Moscow.
The highly-anticipated foreign ministers meeting will be even more important as it could help set the ground for a summit between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad.
Ankara’s hopes that normalizing relations with Damascus could help solve its refugee problem and address the threat posed by Kurdish forces in northern and eastern Syria. From its side, Damascus is looking for a Turkish military withdrawal from Syrian territory.
Both are very foreígn for any realtic improvements.
As written before Leaders making the wras shoud be shot as number one.
Opium for the rest might be a help too. There seemes to be a lot of it but given to the wrong people.
Im guessing your writing is ok when you are sober, and garbage when you drink vodka.
But Turkiye is playing asshead while at the same time asserting its influence in Syria, and gauging whether russia is loyal to pissran or kikerael.
Turkiyes only weakness is kemalism which is responsible for the coup.
Turkey is close to Iran so what? Now the Wahhabi groups are being put into oblivion and new alliances will occur.
chris gayr: “Gazans are filistines”
chris gayr: “I saw a tranny and creamed my pants”
chris gayr: “satanyahu is a good guy”
All these three statements are correct.