Russia, Turkey and Iran agree on Syria
Russia, Turkey and Iran adopted a joint statement on coordinated actions aimed at reviving political process in Syria during talks in Moscow, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
"It is our common view that there is no military solution to the Syrian crisis," Lavrov said at a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
According to Lavrov, the statement reaffirms the respect of sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria as a multi-ethnic, democratic and secular state. The foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey noted the importance of the expansion of the ceasefire regime in Syria following talks in Moscow.
"The ministers agreed on the importance of expansion of the ceasefire regime, the unimpeded access of humanitarian aid and the free movement of the civilian population across Syria. We express our readiness to contribute to the development of the agreement being drafted, negotiations on which are being held between the Syrian government and the opposition, and to become its guarantors," Sputnik cited Lavrov as saying.
Lavrov said that the current format - Russia, Turkey and Iran - is the most effective.
The Turkish Foreign Minister noted Russia's important contribution to the resolution of humanitarian crisis in Syria's Aleppo. Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also stressed the importance of stopping support of terrorists organizations.
"ISIS and Al Nusra Front are definitely terrorist groups blacklisted in many countries. Russia makes a great efforts in Syria and its absolutely unacceptable to support this group and its branches," he concluded.