Russia, Iran and Turkey reject all unilateral sanctions against Damascus. The parties remain committed to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria
The next trilateral summit in the Astana format with the participation of Turkey and Iran will be held in Russia. This is stated in a joint statement by Presidents Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ibrahim Raisi.
“The Presidents decided to hold the next trilateral summit in the Russian Federation at the invitation of the President of the Russian Federation, His Excellency Vladimir Putin,” the statement says.
«Astana Troika»— a group of Russia, Turkey and Iran, created after negotiations in Astana in January 2017. Its goal is to resolve the military conflict in Syria. The participating countries regularly hold summits and make decisions to resolve the situation.
According to the statement, the next summit should take place before the end of 2022. It is noted that the parties intend to expand the format of the summit beyond the situation in Syria.
The joint statement said that Russia, Iran and Turkey reject all unilateral sanctions against Damascus. The parties remain committed to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the country. It is noted that the Syrian conflict has no military solution, it “can be resolved only in the course of a political process led and carried out by the Syrians themselves with the assistance of the UN in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.” At the same time, the presidents intend to continue to eliminate terrorists in Syria.
Separately, the parties condemned Israeli military attacks on civilian targets in Syria. The statement says that this violates international law and the territorial integrity of Syria and increases tension in the region.
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“In addition to the Syrian issue, we reaffirmed our intention to strengthen trilateral coordination in various fields in order to promote joint political and economic cooperation”,— specified in the application.
Earlier at the meeting, the Iranian president condemned the US intervention in the Syrian conflict and demanded the withdrawal of US troops from the country. Raisi accused the United States of stealing resources from Syria, including oil.
Vladimir Putin's visit to Tehran was the first trip of a Russian president outside the CIS countries since the start of a special military operation in Ukraine. In addition to the trilateral meeting, Putin also held separate talks with Raisi and Erdogan.
Putin discussed with Erdogan the problem of food security and the supply of Russian and Ukrainian grain. Putin thanked the Turkish president for mediating negotiations on the export of grain through the Black Sea. “With your mediation, we have moved forward. True, not all issues have yet been resolved, but the fact that there is a movement is already good, — he noted.
Last week, Moscow submitted its proposals to resolve the situation with the supply of grain. As stated in the Russian Ministry of Defense, the parties generally supported them. According to Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, the next talks are scheduled for this week.
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