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Kremlin says that there are no discussions between Putin and Erdogan on Syria's summit

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Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
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Publication date: 2020/02/25 13:41

Idlib - SMART

On Tuesday, the Kremlin stated that there were currently no discussions about a possible meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Syria. 

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, said, "Now we are not talking about bilateral contacts as such, but we are considering the possibility of meeting in a multilateral format, and we are coordinating the schedules of presidents."

Peskov added that there was not yet full agreement on holding the meeting.

The Syrian government forces and loyalist militias, supported by Russia, are launching a ground military attack on the southern and eastern countryside of Idlib and the southern and western countryside of Aleppo. The Syrian government gained control of dozens of villages and towns in the region, after intense shelling. The shelling killed and injured hundreds of civilians, and displaced hundreds of thousands of others.

This attack is considered a continuation of the military operation launched by the Syrian government forces and Russia on Idlib on Apr. 25, 2019. During the military operation, the Syrian government forces gained total control of the northern countryside of Hama and the area of Khan Sheikhun. Military analysts and journalists said that by this military operation, the Syrian government aims to gain control of the Aleppo-Damascus international highway that connects Turkey to Jordan and the Arab Gulf States in order to reopen it later under Russian and Turkish sponsorship agreed upon by the two countries.