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Russian, Iranian, Turkish Diplomats Meet in Moscow on Situation in Idlib, Syria

Oct. 22, 2018 (EIRNS)—Russian officials announced today that on Oct. 24 envoys from Russia, Iran, and Turkey will meet in Moscow, to discuss the situation in Idlib and related security matters in Syria, following on from the Sept. 17 meeting in Sochi, at which time Russia and Turkey had agreed to a buffer zone plan, as an interim measure to deal with the terrorists embedded in Idlib. Today was a deadline for the goal of having heavy military armaments removed from the buffer zone. It is expected that Russia and Turkey will recommend more time, if this condition cannot yet be achieved.

Russia, Turkey, and Iran are the guarantors of the Syria “Astana process,” which negotiated the first ceasefire in May 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.

On Oct. 27, a four-power meeting on Syria is to take place, involving the heads of state or government of Russia, Iran, France, and Germany.

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