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Kremlin: Leaders of Russia, Turkey, Iran to Discuss Syria on Wednesday

Kremlin: Leaders of Russia, Turkey, Iran to Discuss Syria on Wednesday

Tuesday, 30 June, 2020 - 10:15
Presidents Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and Vladimir Putin of Russia walk before their meeting in Ankara, Turkey, September 16, 2019. (Reuters)
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The presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey will hold a video conference on Wednesday to discuss the conflict in Syria, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.


In Syria's nine-year war, Russia and Iran are the main foreign supporters of president Bashar Assad's regime, while Turkey backs opposition fighters. Under a diplomatic process dating back to 2017, they agreed to work to de-escalate fighting.


Wednesday's talks between Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan were scheduled for around 1100 GMT, the Kremlin said.


After an escalation of violence displaced nearly a million people, Turkey and Russia agreed in March to halt hostilities in northwest Syria's Idlib region. This month military jets bombed villages in the opposition-held area.


Two weeks ago, Russia and Turkey postponed bilateral ministerial-level talks which were expected to focus on Syria and Libya, another country where they support opposing sides.


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