Russia: Iran, Turkey and Russia draw up joint statement on Syria

The Russian, Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers drew up a joint statement following trilateral talks in Moscow on Saturday. According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the statement, which «will be distributed later,» reflects the «main results» of the meeting."We are firmly committed to a political and diplomatic solution to the crisis in Syria,» Lavrov said, adding, this should... Еще happen «without any other alternatives.» Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif mentioned that the only aim of the Astana process is «to limit the losses and damage caused by the war in Syria” and “direct the government and opposition toward a peaceful resolution.» Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that there are «some stakeholders» willing «to subvert the Astana process. But the only format that made specific steps was the Astana format. This format has not been weakened.» Zarif and Cavusoglu came to Moscow to participate in a special meeting with Lavrov, as Turkey, Russia and Iran are the sponsors of the Astana Process, which promotes the Syrian peace settlement.

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