Russian, Turkish presidents may hold talks at Tehran summit in September

Tasnim – The Russian daily Izvestia, citing the Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday, wrote that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan can hold a separate meeting in Tehran in early September.

“Separate negotiations between Presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be held in Tehran during the Russia-Turkey-Iran summit in September,” the newspaper quotes Peskov as saying.

According to the Kremlin spokesman, the summit of the Russian, Turkish, German and French leaders in Istanbul will not take place. This information has been confirmed by the Turkish president’s administration and the Turkish Foreign Ministry. Earlier reports said that the date for a meeting between the Turkish, Russian and Iranian leaders is under discussion, Tass reported.

On November 22, 2017, Russian, Iranian and Turkish Presidents Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a meeting in Sochi, during which they stressed that significant progress had been made in the joint fight against terrorism in Syria and that a new stage in resolving the crisis in that country had begun.

The next step in that process was the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi on January 30, which brought together more than 1,500 delegates representing all strata of Syrian society. Its participants decided to set up the Constitutional Council and form the Constitutional Commission.

On April 4, the Russian, Turkish and Iranian leaders held a summit on the Syrian settlement in Ankara. The parties adopted a joint statement expressing their determination to continue work on the issue. The next trilateral summit was scheduled to be held in Tehran.