Erdogan and Assad thought about negotiations on Putin’s advice

Turkish President Erdogan is preparing for talks with Assad on the advice of Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad are preparing to hold telephone talks.

Ankara thought about this after the Russian-Turkish summit in Sochi, the Turkish newspaper Haberler writes.

It is reported that the proposal for negotiations was made by Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with a colleague in Sochi. The heads of the two countries also discussed the situation in Syria. After the summit, Erdogan told reporters that Putin advised him to establish a dialogue with Bashar al-Assad, as a joint solution to common problems would be more effective.

After that, an article appeared in the government newspaper Türkiye, citing sources that the presidents of Syria and Turkey could start negotiations on the advice of the Russian president. Ankara is not ready for a personal meeting of the leaders of the countries, but they do not exclude the possibility of telephone conversations. The Persian Gulf countries and the “Muslim country” of Africa are considered as intermediaries.

In January, despite the ceasefire initiated by Russia and Turkey, fighting in Idlib between the Syrian military and militants intensified. Since 2018, Ankara has repeatedly conducted military operations in Syria, the purpose of which was stated to be the destruction of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), recognized as a terrorist organization in Turkey, as well as the fight against the terrorists of the Islamic State (IS, banned in Russia).