Friday, August 19, 2016

A Turkey-Russia-Iran Solution To Syria?

Daily Sabah: Turkish, Russian, Iranian trilateral coordination to be established on Syria

With the normalization of bilateral relations between Turkey and Russia, Turkish media outlets have reported that Moscow has taken diplomatic steps toward establishing a permanent solution to the ongoing Syrian civil war with a trilateral coordination group of Turkey, Russia and Iran. President Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan stressed the significance of Syria in a recent interview with Al-Jazeera, and said: "Russia, Iran, Iraq and Turkey must unite for Syria. … We are neighboring countries to Syria. We must discuss Syria with Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan, but we must no longer discuss Syria with those countries that do not have relations with it." Media has reported that Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov met with Syrian opposition representatives on Aug. 16, which Russia has confirmed, initiating efforts to establish the trilateral coordination group with Turkey and Iran to end the ongoing civil war.

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Update #1: Turkey considering military ties with Russia as NATO shows unwillingness to cooperate – Ankara -- RT
Update #2: Turkish Foreign Minister Pays Surprise Visit to Iran (AP)

WNU Editor: I am sceptical that such an "arrangement" will be put together .... Turkey is still calling for the removal of Syrian President Assad.

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