Russia, Turkey, Iran to hold Syria summit

Leaders of Turkey Russia Iran to meet in Syria summit

Last month, President Erdoğan announced that Turkey will establish a safe zone in northern Syria along the length of its border with the assistance of the USA -led coalition forces.

"Clearing the YPG terror organization from Syria is of utmost importance for the security of our borders and people", Akar said.

The three leaders also raised doubt on the USA intention to withdraw forces from Syria. "I suggest considering concrete practical steps Russia, Turkey, and Iran might take for the complete elimination of this hotbed of terrorism". The U.S., however, while listing the PKK as a terrorist group, opted to continue its steadfast militarily support for the terrorist organization under the pretext of fighting Daesh despite the warnings of its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

Putin emphasized that if the pullout announced by U.S. President Donald Trump in December happens, "the only right solution will be to transfer those territories under the Syrian government's control".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 14, 2019.

Observers say that Russian Federation is unlikely to agree to the permanent presence of Turkish troops in Syria.

Erdogan said, meanwhile, that more than three million Syrian refugees are now in Turkey. The agreement helped avert a regime assault on the region, the last major opposition stronghold.

Asked if it meant a military operation, Peskov said, "No, it does not".

Turkey's plan to create that safe zone has also stirred tension with Moscow. The agreement created a security zone free of heavy weapons to be monitored by Turkey, and Russian Federation has since voiced concern about continuing attacks by the militants.

Maria Zakharova, the Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman, laid out her country's position hours before the summit, the fourth meeting of the three leaders as part of the Astana peace process. "We have come a long way", Putin said addressing Erdogan.

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