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Vladimir Putin arrives in Tehran

19.07.2022 ТАСС 97 просмотров

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Tehran for the summit of the guarantor countries of the Astana process on Syria.

President of RussiaVladimir Putin On Tuesday, he arrived in Tehran, where he will have three rounds of bilateral negotiations and a summit of the "troika" of the guarantor countries of the Syrian settlement within the framework of the Astana format.

As the assistant to the head of state told on MondayYuri Ushakov,Vladimir Putin will begin his visit with a meeting with the President of IranBy Ebrahim Raisi. Then talks with the spiritual leader and the leader of Iran are scheduledAli Khamenei, as well as with the President of TurkeyBy Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In the evening, the heads of Russia, Iran and Turkey will gather for a summit of the guarantor countries of the Syrian settlement. Following the talks, a joint statement of the presidents of the Astana Troika member states will be adopted in Tehran on July 19. They will also make a statement to the media.

The initiators of the Astana format of a political settlement in Syria were Russia, Iran and Turkey, which also acted as guarantors of a peaceful settlement of the Syrian conflict. Representatives of the official Damascus and the delegation of the Syrian opposition were involved in the negotiations, which started in January 2017 in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. Despite the renaming of Astana to Nur-Sultan in 2019, the name of the format remained the same.

The meeting of the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey was planned to be held in the Islamic Republic in 2020, but the event was postponed many times due to the coronavirus pandemic. The question has repeatedly been raised about the possibility of reducing the format to a videoconference. However, as the Russian Ambassador to Tehran noted in an interview with TASSLevan Dzhagaryan, "nothing can replace personal meetings that are more effective and have a more confidential nature." I agree with him andYuri Ushakov, who believes that "discussing such sensitive issues as the Syrian settlement in person is, of course, more logical and expedient."

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