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A Russian diplomatic delegation is discussing the situation in Idlib in Ankara and holding a new meeting on the "Astana formula" on Syria

A Russian diplomatic delegation is discussing the situation in Idlib in Ankara and holding a new meeting on the "Astana formula" on Syria

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Verchinen discussed with Turkish officials in Ankara the situation in the Syrian province of Idlib.

According to a statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday, Ibrahim Kalan, spokesman for the Turkish president, Deputy Defense Minister Younis Amra Kara Osmanoglu and Deputy Foreign Minister Siddat Onal participated in the meeting.

The two sides discussed in detail the situation in Syria and throughout the Middle East and discussed the situation in Idlib in light of the escalation of the terrorist threat and the need to ensure the protection of civilians as well as Russian and Turkish military personnel.

The ministry said that the meeting dealt with "extensive exchange of views on the file of the political settlement of the Syrian crisis, with emphasis on completing the process of forming the constitutional committee and launching its work under the resolutions of the Syrian national dialogue conference in Sochi and resolution 2254 of the UN Security Council."

The two sides also discussed preparations for a new international meeting within the "Astana formula" (Russia, Turkey, Iran) on Syria in early August in the capital of Kazakhstan, Sultan.

The situation in the province of Idlib, the last stronghold of the armed opposition in Syria, remains the subject of continuous dialogue between Russia and Turkey, amid the failure of the two countries to achieve the terms of the memorandum signed by their presidents, Vladimir Putin and Erdogan in September 2018, on resolving the crisis in Idlib, Is the separation between the "moderate opposition" (supported by Ankara) and the groups classified as terrorist, primarily the "victory front".

The situation in Idlib sharpened in recent months, amid intensified Syrian army operations against militants in the region and international fears of a humanitarian catastrophe, if Damascus launched a large-scale offensive in the city of Idlib and its surroundings.

Source: Interfax

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