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Russia plays crucial part in current stage of resolving Syria crisis — Erdogan’s spokesman

The country "will keep seeking Russia’s support," Ibrahim Kalin says

ISTANBUL, January 14. /TASS/. Russia has played an important part in achieving the current stage of resolving the Syria crisis, with Turkey, Syria and Russia participating, Turkish Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Saturday at a meeting with foreign reporters, among whom was a TASS correspondent.

"Russia has played an essential part in bringing the settlement process in Syria to its current level. Russia will remain part of this process. We will keep seeking Russia’s support over its crucial part in covering this distance and bringing the process to its current point. This needs to be continued," he said.

Kalin explained that the negotiations with Syria include the issues of "a political process, counterterrorism and refugees" and "they are being discussed with Syrians in the presence of Russia."

Consultations between the Syrian, Turkish and Russian defense ministers were held in Moscow on December 28, 2022. These talks touched upon solutions to the Syria crisis, the issue of refugees and joint efforts against extremist groups in Syria. The Defense Ministry said after the meeting that the sides had spoken about the constructive nature of that dialogue and the need to continue it for the further stabilization in Syria and the entire region. The Syrian Defense Ministry referred to the meeting as positive.