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Russian, Iranian, Turkish presidents to discuss Syria in Sochi

The Kremlin says the Russian, Iranian and Turkish leaders will discuss "all Syrian agenda" in Sochi

MOSCOW, November 17. /TASS/. Russian, Iranian and Turkish Presidents Vladimir Putin, Hassan Rouhani and Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be discussing "all Syrian agenda" in Sochi, Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"These are security underwriters and they will be discussing Syrian settlement," he noted. Asked about whether a statement will be made after the meeting, Peskov said, "I don’t know yet."

The Kremlin press service reported on Thursday that the three countries’ leaders will carry out "an in-depth exchange of opinions on Syrian settlement, in particular with regard to joint effective work in the Astana format." "Amid the achieved success in the war on terror and considerable decrease in the level of violence in Syria, it is planned to discuss further moves to secure long-term settlement of the situation in this country," the Kremlin stressed.

The Kremlin spokesman also explained earlier that the impending meeting is not related to organization of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress. "This is an isolated event," he said, adding that the date for the congress has not been determined yet.

The Russian president’s press secretary pointed to the fact that the November 13 meeting between Putin and Erdogan in Sochi and the impending trilateral negotiations are different matters. "These are different meetings with a different format, and the issue currently concerns a trilateral format, because it is these countries - Russia, Iran and Turkey - that are underwriters of the political settlement process and provision of stability and security in Syria that we are seeing now," he noted.

Turkish mass media reported earlier that Erdogan will visit Russia on November 22, and a trilateral summit on Syrian ceasefire is to be held in Sochi.