Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday he should hold another summit to discuss the situation in Syria’s Idlib province, where the two countries are trying to create a sustainable demilitarized zone.
Erdogan made the suggestion during a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, Putin said that Russia was concerned because its Turkish partners have not been successful in Idlib.
“The situation in Idlib worries us too. We see that our Turkish partners have not yet managed to achieve everything [that is planned], but they are working,” he noted.
He called on Friday leaders of the BRICS group to play a more active role in the ongoing operations in Syria.
He said it was important to engage in the settlement process in Syria, especially in support of reconstruction plans in the country.
Leaders from Russia, Brazil, China, India and South Africa (BRICS) held a meeting on the sidelines of G20 summit in Argentina. They discussed activating the group’s role in establishing a fair international system and confronting unilateral sanctions policies.
Addressing the situation in Syria before the gatherers, Putin said it was important to promote an actual political settlement process there.
To that end, Russia is working closely with its partners, Iran and Turkey, within the Astana format, he explained.
“We look forward to the formation and convocation of the Syrian constitutional committee in Geneva as soon as possible.”
Other priorities include rebuilding the Syrian economy and infrastructure and creating conditions for the return of refugees, Putin added, hoping that the BRICS countries will join humanitarian aid programs.
On Idlib, he noted the continued violations by terrorist groups.
The November 24 attack on residents of the western districts of the city of Aleppo involving the use of toxic chemical agents, presumably chlorine, was a blatant violation of the ceasefire, Putin stressed.
“Dozens of Syrians were affected, including children. Such crimes perpetrated by terrorists should not go unpunished, otherwise they will not stop,” he added.
Source: Asharq Al-Awsat