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Russian, Turkish, Iranian foreign ministers to meet in Moscow on December 20

December 18, 2016, 22:24 updated at: December 18, 2016, 23:06 UTC+3

"It is necessary to discuss in the trilateral format the situation in and around Syria, first and foremost," Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said

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MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Russia’s foreign ministry confirms that foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey will meet in Moscow on December 20, Russian president’s envoy for the Middle East and African countries and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told TASS on Sunday.

"A trilateral meeting in planned to be held in Moscow on December 20," he said. "Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held telephone conversation with his counterparts from Turkey and Iran and they welcomed this idea."

According to Bogdanov, such idea has been discussed for quite a time. "It is necessary to discuss in the trilateral format the situation in and around Syria, first and foremost," he said.

He said that it is necessary to take efforts to motivate the Syrian parties "to sit down at the negotiating table to try to reach an agreement on lasting ceasefire, on resolution of some humanitarian issues with eye of reaching political settlement." "We have the basis for that and it is United Nations Security Council resolution 2254," he adde.

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