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News conference following meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

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Source: President of Russia – The Kremlin – English

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President Rouhani, Mr President Erdogan, ladies and gentlemen,
These tripartite talks have been held in a constructive and businesslike atmosphere. We discussed the key aspects of interaction to promote a settlement in Syria, and adopted a joint statement on the discussion, documenting the agreements reached.
Russia, Iran and Turkey will continue their efforts to combat terrorism, promote inter-Syrian dialogue and improve the humanitarian situation.
To meet these challenges, we plan to continue making wide use of the potential of the Astana format, which remains an effective tool for the normalisation of life in Syria and the implementation of political reforms in the interests of all Syrians without exception.
The practice of international meetings at the expert level will continue with the participation of delegations of guarantor countries, as well as representatives of the Syrian government, the Syrian opposition, and United Nations observers. As a reminder, there have already been ten rounds of such consultations.
Our common unconditional priority is the complete elimination of terrorism in Syria. The southwestern part of the country has recently been successfully liberated with the support of the Russian Aerospace Forces. Our main goal at this stage is to expel the militants from the province of Idlib, where their presence poses a direct threat to the security of Syrian citizens and residents of the entire region.
We discussed specific measures for gradual stabilisation in the Idlib de-escalation zone, which, among other things, provide opportunities for the conciliation of those who are ready for dialogue. As President of Turkey, Mr Erdogan, has said, we call on all conflicting parties to cease fire and stop the violence.
At the same time, we consider unacceptable any attempts to spare terrorists or inflict damage on Syrian government troops under the pretext of protecting the civilian population. This seems to be the objective of the attempts to fabricate chemical attacks allegedly perpetrated by the Syrian government. We have irrefutable proof of militants preparing such operations and such provocations. In this connection, I have updated my colleagues on the work Russia is doing within the framework of the UN Security Council and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
To be continued.


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