Turkey, Russia, Iran leaders to hold video conference on Wednesday to discuss Syria issue

The presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey will hold a video conference on Wednesday to discuss the conflict in Syria, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said told the video conference will see Putin, Turkish President and Iran's President make "three statements" before discussing Syria in private.

The presidents of Turkey, Russia and Iran will hold a video conference on Wednesday to discuss the conflict in Syria, the official sources announced on Tuesday.

In Syria's nine-year war, Russia and Iran are the main foreign supporters of Bashar al-Assad regime, while Turkey backs opposition fighters. Under a diplomatic process dating back to 2017, they agreed to work to de-escalate fighting.

Wednesday's talks between Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were scheduled for around 1100 GMT, the Kremlin said.

After an escalation of violence displaced nearly a million people, Turkey and Russia agreed in March to halt hostilities in northwest Syria's Idlib region. This month military jets bombed villages in the rebel-held area.

Two weeks ago, Russia and Turkey postponed bilateral ministerial-level talks which were expected to focus on Syria and Libya, another country where they support opposing sides.




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