Leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey to discuss Syria in Sochi without U.S.

Leaders of Russia, Iran and Turkey to discuss Syria in Sochi without U.S.

The presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey - Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan - will discuss Washington’s plans to withdraw troops from Syria at their meeting in Sochi on February 14, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin said.

"I think the focus will be on ways to prevent destabilization and chaos and retaining control of the situation if U.S. troops leave the country," the diplomat noted. "I would put it this way - there is a need to ensure the security of all countries and all parties," TASS cited Vershinin as saying.

"The presidents will outline the agenda themselves. However, it clearly will include the assessment of developments on the ground and further steps the three guarantor countries of the Astana process can take to stabilize the situation and prevent terrorist activities across Syria," the diplomat added.

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