Monday, January 28, 2019

Lavrov: Upcoming Astana Talks & the Agenda Includes..... Adana

Who knew there was going to be more news so soon on this diplomatic push for Syria and Turkey to formalize relations and ensure no power vacuum at the border? While most probably addressing Idlib. Perhaps even prior to these upcoming talks? Which would explain why Turkey has moved tanks and troops to their border with Idlib province. (As the US has brought in more weapons and troops) Are we down to the wire now?  Of course, I'm taking a wait and see approach as there are too many variable to make any predictions.

Press TV
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the next round of peace negotiations for Syria in the Astana format will be held in the Kazakh capital in mid-February.

The top Russian diplomat announced the news during a joint press conference with his Kazakh counterpart, Beibut Atamkulov, in the Russian capital, Moscow, on Monday.

He added that the 12th Astana talks would be attended by the three guarantor nations of the peace process, namely Russia, Iran, and Turkey, as well as observers from Jordan and the United Nations (UN).

He said the presidents of the guarantor states would likely hold a summit, too.

    “There is an agreement in principle, the principal understanding is the organization of a regular summit next month involving the Russian, Turkish, and Iranian presidents. As soon as the details are finalized, we will inform you,” Lavrov further told reporters.

He also said Moscow believed that Turkey and Syria would be able to agree on providing security to their common border following a planned pullout of US forces from the Arab country.

“That is why we have to take immediate action to avoid any vacuum there. We believe that Syria and Turkey could freely use the 1998 security agreement, the so-called the Adana Agreement,” Lavrov said.

If you've been snoozing.. there are several posts covering all this Astana/Adana diplomacy.
And as the 'expert' quoted earlier today said.. It's remarkable to see this accord being mentioned repeatedly.
  • Part 3: Adana & Encouraging Formal Cooperation Between Turkey and Syria

    Atwan in an article released on Saturday in Ray–al-Youm newspaper added that everyone who followed the press conference of President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow on Wednesday, after a three-hour meeting, has come to the conclusion that direct talks between Damascus and Ankara are approaching, and a joint attack by Turkey and Russia on the Tahrir al-Sham terrorist group (former Al- Nusra Front) in Idlib and its suburbs has been agreed and its zero hour is set and the implementation of agreement has been linked to days and weeks to come.

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