Vladimir Putin paid a working visit to Turkey

On September 16, The President of Russia paid a working visit to the Republic of Turkey to attend the 5th trilateral meeting between the leaders of the guarantor states of the Astana process on the settlement in Syria.

During the talks with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani, further joint efforts to achieve a peaceful settlement in the Syrian Arab Republic were discussed.

Following the talks, the heads of state adopted a joint statement. The three leaders gave a joint news conference.

Separate bilateral meetings with the leaders of Turkey and Iran were also held.

The first summit on Syria attended by the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran was held in November 2017 in Sochi. Following it, the three leaders stated that the creation of de-escalation zones in Syria should not undermine the country’s territorial integrity or violate its sovereignty.

Further trilateral meetings on the Syrian settlement took place in Ankara in April 2018, in Tehran in September 2018 and in Sochi in February 2019.

Beginning of Russian-Turkish talks in expanded format

Speech at the meeting of the heads of the guarantor states of the Astana process on the settlement in Syria