Russia agrees on new Syria summit with Turkey, Germany

Quadrilateral summit including France can be convened if need be, says Russian presidential aide

Russia agrees on new Syria summit with Turkey, Germany


By Elena Teslova


Russian, Turkish, German leaders agreed to hold a new quadrilateral summit on Syria if need be, a Kremlin spokesman said on Tuesday.

Russian presidential aide Yury Ushakov said: "We agreed both with [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan and [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel that when it is necessary, one more forum can be convened with the participation of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, Erdogan, Merkel and [French President Emmanuel] Macron.”

The consensus was reached during separate meetings of Putin with Erdogan and Merkel on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires, Ushakov said.

He added that Putin did not discuss this issue with Macron yet.

The place of a new meeting will be defined when the date is set, according to the aide.

On Oct.27, Istanbul hosted the first ever quadrilateral summit on Syria. Turkish, Russian French and German leaders examined the situation in the country and offered a plan for the crisis resolution.

The council stressed that the issues agreed on at the summit would contribute to peace in Syria and the region, as well as provide a permanent cease-fire by demilitarization in the northwestern province of Idlib.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating conflict that began in 2011 when the Assad regime cracked down on demonstrators with unexpected ferocity.

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