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Presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran discussed ways to overcome Syrian crisis in Ankara

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Presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran discussed ways to overcome Syrian crisis in Ankara


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The agreements reached at the trilateral meeting of the Russian, Turkish and Iranian leaders will help to resolve the conflict in Syria, Russian president Vladimir Putin is sure. Negotiations between Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani took place in Ankara, RIA Novosti reported.

According to Putin, there is hope for a way out of the crisis, as well as ensuring "territorial integrity, calm and stability." In turn, the Iranian leader noted that the crisis in Syria had only a political solution.

The leaders agreed that negotiations in the Astana format were the most effective platform for finding ways to resolve the situation that had developed in Syria.

The combined efforts made by Moscow, Ankara and Tehran had already led to a decrease in the level of violence, Vladimir Putin explained. They also led to stabilization of the situation.

Rouhani emphasized that Russia, Turkey and Iran did not change their position, which coincided on key issues. It is "the preservation of the territorial integrity of Syria, respect for national sovereignty and independence, non-interference in the internal affairs of this country."

One of the central issues of the negotiations was the situation in the Syrian province of Idlib. Civilians die there, hundreds of thousands of people had to leave their homes. Recep Erdogan added that the number of militants who still held Idlib increased recently.

Vladimir Putin assured that the countries would continue the joint fight against terrorism. He also called the stay of US troops in Syrian territory illegal.

Putin said that the composition of the constitutional committee of Syria was finally determined, it was time to put it into operation. He expressed concern that extremists could interfere with its activities.

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