Moscow: Even because the wars in Ukraine and Syria drag on, an fascinating growth is going down in Moscow, the capital of Russia.
The defence ministers of Russia, Turkey and Syria met in Moscow on Wednesday, the primary such talks since struggle broke out in Syria, the Russian defence ministry mentioned.
It was additionally the primary assembly between Turkish and Syrian defence ministers for the reason that begin of the struggle in 2011.
Russia and Turkey are concerned in Syria, with Moscow supporting the Damascus regime in opposition to its opponents and Ankara backing rebels.
The assembly got here as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly threatened to launch a navy offensive in northern Syria in opposition to Kurdish teams.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Turkish and Syrian counterparts, Hulusi Akar and Ali Mahmoud Abbas, mentioned “ways to resolve the Syrian crisis, the problem of refugees, and joint efforts to combat extremist groups in Syria”, mentioned the Russian defence ministry.
The sides “noted the constructive nature of the dialogue held in this format and the need to continue it in the interests of further stabilizing the situation” in Syria and the area, the defence ministry in Moscow mentioned.
The Turkish defence ministry struck an analogous word, saying the assembly was held in a “constructive atmosphere”.
“At the meeting, the Syrian crisis, the refugee problem and joint efforts to combat all terrorist organisations in Syria were discussed,” the ministry mentioned in an announcement.
On Saturday, Akar instructed reporters that Turkey was in talks with Russia about utilizing Syrian airspace in a doable operation in opposition to the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia.
“We are holding discussions with the Russians about the opening of the airspace” in Syria, he mentioned.
The Turkish and Syrian international ministers had a quick casual trade on the sidelines of a regional summit in 2021 and Ankara had acknowledged contacts between intelligence companies of the 2 nations.
In November, Erdogan mentioned a gathering with Syrian chief Bashar al-Assad was a chance, after chopping diplomatic ties with Damascus all through the 11-year battle.
In mid-December, he indicated that he might meet with Assad after the 2 nations’ defence and international ministers meet.
“We want to take a step as Syria, Turkey and Russia,” he mentioned on the time.