Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will hold bilateral talks with the Iranian and Turkish counterparts, Javad Zarif and Mevlut Cavusoglu, as well as three-party talks in Moscow on April 28, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.
“An unscheduled meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey – the guarantors of the Astana process to advance the Syrian settlement, will be held in Moscow on April 28,” she said. “Bilateral meetings of Sergey Lavrov with the Iranian and Turkish counterparts are scheduled on the sidelines of this event,” Zakharova added.
Back in April, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met in Ankara for their second trilateral meeting on Syria. They see themselves as the “three guarantor states of the ceasefire in Syria,” according to Sputnik media, and they have been participating in talks in Astana relating to “reconciliation.” Back then, the message one could get from all of this was the absence of the United States, whose partners among the Syrian Democratic Forces control around third of Syria. The message from the Ankara summit was that the US will play no role in Syria in the future. Since then, The USA, France and the UK took part in the airstrikes on Syria targeting those sites where there was chemical weapons which followed the chemical weapon use attack on Douma.
The foreign ministers will discuss tensions around the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program, she said.
“They will exchange opinions on topical regional and international issues, including the worsening situation around the implementation of the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear program,” she said.
Earlier on French President Emmanuel Macron said that he may have failed in efforts to persuade Donald Trump to stick to an international nuclear deal with Iran. “My view is… that he will get rid of this deal on his own, for domestic reasons,” Mr Macron said at the end of a three-day state visit to the US. Mr Trump has until 12 May to decide on the deal, which aimed to prevent Iran acquiring nuclear weapons.
Source TASS, Reuters, BBC