SOCHI, July 31. /TASS/. The summit with the participation of Russia, Germany, France and Turkey scheduled for September 7. This was stated in an interview with TASS on Tuesday, Russian President’s special envoy on the Syrian settlement, Alexander Lavrentiev.
“The proposal to hold a summit in Russia, Germany, France and Turkey on 7 September it was announced by [President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan in Johannesburg, he said. – There is a very good chance that this event will take place at the appointed time.”
“I think this fits into the mainstream of Russian efforts to find a solution to the Syrian crisis, that is involving all stakeholders – continued Lorenzo. – We are not talking about creating a new format. Formats very much, but effective – only one Astana, which really affects the situation on the ground, contributes to its stabilization, including through the political process. Without the “Astana” the Geneva process, I think, a long time ago would have died.”
The main theme of the summit
Lavrentyev also said that Syrian refugees should be a crucial summit in Istanbul.
“Here we can talk about helping France and Germany in the humanitarian sphere, – he told, answering a question about the reasons for the connection of these States to work in Syria. – These countries have always been very drawn to assisting internally displaced persons, refugees, humanitarian assistance”.
Lavrentiev noted that the focus of the leaders of the four countries may be other issues, so it is early to speak about whether following the meeting, a joint paper prepared in assistance to Syrian refugees.
“We still have no idea on what the presidents decide to focus on – whether it’s the humanitarian sector and refugees – rather, it is so – maybe a priority could be chosen some other topic, including opposition to the sanctions regime by the US in the framework of the Joint comprehensive plan of action on Iran’s nuclear programme, he continued. As you know, Turkey is on the verge of entering the sanctions regime by the U.S. after the decision to buy Russian s-400”.
Lavrentyev also said that Russia offered Turkey to host the planned work on promoting the return of Syrian refugees to places of permanent residence.
“In Turkey, 3.5 million refugees, they themselves need assistance for the maintenance of such a large number of people. That’s why we raised the issue when he was in Ankara that it is necessary to organize the planned work on the return of refugees to their homes”, he said.
Last week Lorenzo and the Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Vershinin, made a tour in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The main theme of the trip was the issue of Syrian refugees.