Representatives of Russia, Turkey and Iran will hold talks on the Syrian settlement on December 27 in Moscow, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced.
“We are doing everything possible to resume talks on political settlement and ceasefire in Syria. In that respect, we will hold a meeting on December 27 in Moscow involving officials from Turkey, Russia, and Iran,” the Anadolu news agency cited Cavusoglu as saying.
It is expected that at the upcoming trilateral meeting the leaders of the three countries will work out a plan of actions to normalize the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Moscow and Tehran have not yet announced the format for such talks. However, it is well known that Russia and Iran have been taking joint measures to counter terrorists in Syria.
Now, the question is whether Ankara sincerely wants to join Moscow and Tehran at a time when Turkey’s reputation in the Middle East has been significantly damaged, said Iranian military correspondent Hassan Shemshadi.
“The Syrian Army and its allies are making visible progress in the heavy fight for strategically important areas. After four and a half years of the conflict, terrorists have left those areas or have been defeated. The tide of the Syrian war is turning against terrorism. Turkey sees that all its attempts to support militants have been foiled. This is why Ankara offered to have a meeting with Russia, Iran and representatives of the Syrian government,” Shemshadi said in an interview with Sputnik Persian. According to the journalist, a series of domestic and foreign events, including terrorist attacks and the Syrian Army’s advances against terrorists, prompted Ankara to change in foreign policy, in particular towards Syria. “But it’s too early for conclusions. We need to see what Turkey will do at the upcoming talks. Will it seriously join forces with Russia, Iran and Damascus against terrorism and stop sponsoring militants or will it remain a country sponsoring terrorism? So, we’ll see what Turkey will do after the meeting,” he said.
Nevertheless, Shemshadi described the initiative as a very positive step because Turkey “has a real chance” to prove its resolution to fight against terrorism, together with Russia, Iran and the Syrian government.
However, Ankara’s stance on Syria still raises questions. Announcing a meeting on Syria in Moscow, Mevlu Cavusoglu said Syrian government forces and their allies breached the ceasefire terms in eastern Aleppo. “In the evening on Tuesday, agreements were reached but in the next morning we saw the Syrian Army and its allies trying to breach the ceasefire and prevent civilians from being evacuated,” Cavusoglu said. However, Turkey’s allies in NATO came up with a greater amount of allegations against Russia. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council, United States Envoy Samantha Power accused Russia of committing war crimes in Aleppo.
“To the Assad regime, Russia and Iran, your forces and proxies are carrying out these crimes… Are you truly incapable of shame? Is there literally nothing that can shame you?” she said.
Similar groundless claims were also made by the German government as well by British Permanent Representative to the UN Matthew Rycroft and France’s envoy Francois Delattre. “But the truth cannot be concealed. No one can avoid causalities in a war. In Aleppo, the terrorists used nearly 300 civilians as human shields,” Shemshadi pointed out. According to the journalists, those allegations are related to the fact that militants that the West and its Arab allies have been supporting during the war are now losing grounds. “Advances by the Syrian Army, especially in Aleppo, caught them [militants and their sponsors] off guard. Even their media was disoriented. So, the current hysteria in mainstream media is an attempt to devaluate the victory of the Syrian Army. People around the world are fed with myths about violence and atrocities in Aleppo and they are not told about the glorious victory by the Syrian Army and its allies,” he said.