Putin will discuss with Erdogan the situation in Syria


MOSCOW, September 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin will go with working visit to Ankara where he will meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. As the press-Secretary of Russian leader Dmitry Peskov, one of the topics of the upcoming talks will be the situation in Syria.

Peskov stressed that Putin’s visit to Ankara is solely pragmatic purpose. “Russia and Turkey are countries that are in very close interaction, whether trade, economic cooperation, investment cooperation, cooperation in military-technical cooperation in the field of culture, in the implementation of mega-projects, he said. – In addition, it is the country that interact in matters of regional security, including in Syria.” A Kremlin spokesman added that during the visit “on all these issues will be made “reconciliation of hours”.

For its part, the Turkish leader also said the business forum Bloomberg in the US, which was broadcasted by TV channel A Haber that Syria will once again be on the agenda. “On Thursday we will have a meeting and over dinner we will discuss the situation in Idlib,” said Erdogan.

From the beginning of may in Syria created four zones of de-escalation, an agreement was reached in Astana by the representatives of Russia, Iran and Turkey. At the moment there are three zones: in the South-West of Syria, Eastern ghouta (suburb of Damascus) and near the city of HOMS. In the fourth zone included the province of Idlib and parts of the neighboring provinces of Aleppo, Latakia and Hama.

The question of the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan

During a telephone conversation the two leaders held on 25 September, was discussed in Astana ended another round of talks on Syria and the referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan. “The theme is really addressed in the course of telephone conversations,” confirmed Peskov, answering the question discussed is whether Putin with the presidents of Turkey and Iran the question of the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan. While Peskov did not disclose details of the conversations.

“In this case, Russia’s position has not undergone any changes: we continue to believe that maintaining the territorial and political integrity of States is extremely important for maintaining stability and security in the region, and to resolve those critical problems which this region [the middle East] are abundant,” – said the representative of the Kremlin.

Monday in Iraqi Kurdistan held a referendum on the independence of autonomy. Counting a little more than 280 thousand of the 3.3 million (8.5 percent) of the votes cast showed that 95% of the citizens said “Yes” to independence. As stated by the head of the regional government nechirvan Barzani, the Kurdish leadership does not intend to immediately declare independence, but are ready to dialogue with the government in Baghdad, as well as with neighbouring countries.

Iraqi Kurdistan is the unofficial name of the Kurdish Autonomous region in Iraq, the legal status which is enshrined in the Iraqi Constitution of 2005. It is an area of the Kurds in the North and North-East of the country.

Against the referendum earlier by Iraq’s Central government, which considers it unconstitutional, as well as Ankara and Tehran, for the unity of the Arab countries. Inappropriate at this stage of the referendum also believe in Washington and in some European countries, as it, in their opinion, undermines the fight against terrorism and regional security.

Interaction with the African Union

Also on 28 September before flying to Ankara, Putin will meet with President of the Republic of Guinea, current Chair of the African Union, alpha Conde, who is in Russia on an official visit at the invitation of the Russian President.

“During negotiations it is planned to discuss the current state and prospects of development of Russian-Guinean relations, issues of Russia’s cooperation with the African Union, as well as topical international and regional problems, primarily on the African continent,” – said in the Kremlin.

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