Turkey, Russia, Iran stress unity at Syria talks

Turkey, Russia, Iran stress unity at Syria talks

"We are very pleased that Iran and Russia continue cooperation in strengthening peace and security, as it will bear fruit not only in the region but also on the global stage", he said at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov.

Foreign Ministers Mohammad Javad Zarif of Iran, Sergei Lavrov of Russia and Mevlut Cavusoglu of Turkey gather following their meeting in Moscow, Russia.

Then, Çavuşoğlu met with his Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and talked about "Turkey-Russia relations and exchanged views on the situation in Syria".

The incident created a rift between Russian Federation and Iran, who support Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and condemned the strikes, and Turkey, which supports rebel groups said the response was an appropriate response to a "massacre".

"I curse those who carried out this massacre", President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, adding that he welcomed Western air strikes in retaliation as "appropriate".

No casualties were reported in the attacks and Russian Federation was warned before the missiles were launced.

French president Emmanuel Macron this month suggested the air strikes had driven a wedge between Ankara and Moscow as they have been building increasingly close ties.

Alexey Malashenko, a specialist in the Syria conflict, was sceptical the meeting would achieve much beyond a show of unity, saying the trio have a "very shaky" alliance.

One week after the incident, the US, Britain and France launched a coordinated missile attack against sites and research facilities near Damascus and Homs with the purported goal of paralyzing the Syrian government's capability to produce chemicals.

Lavrov said the US-led missile strikes on Syria "seriously aggravated the situation".

Lavrov stated that the "Astana format is standing strong", and criticized some Syrian opposition forces for trying to set conditions on their participation in the Geneva talks, including the removal of Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.

Eight rounds of talks under United Nations auspices in Geneva have made little headway, with Assad's government taking little interest.

He underlined the need to follow up on the Astana talks on Syria to settle the seven-year war.

In January, Russia held a showpiece conference in the Black Sea resort of Sochi with largely pro-regime delegates, which saw boycotts by rebels and made little progress.

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