President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he proposed to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin establishing a trilateral mechanism with Russia and Syria and to hold a leaders meeting, primarily for discussions on the security issues.
“As of now, we want to take a step as Syria-Türkiye-Russia trio,” Erdoğan told journalists on his flight from Turkmenistan to Turkey on Dec. 14.
“First our intelligence agencies, then defense ministers, and then foreign ministers could meet. After their meetings, we as the leaders, may come together. I also offered this to Mr. Putin. He also viewed it positively. Thus, we will start a series of negotiations,” he added.
Erdoğan earlier said he had not ruled out a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, although the two countries have been regional foes since the civil war broke out in Syria in 2011. Ankara supported the opposition groups in Syria after the Assad regime launched a brutal crackdown on the Syrians demanding democracy.
Erdoğan emphasized that the terror threat posed by the YPG from Syria is “another issue that needs to be taken quickly.”
“Terrorist organizations must not rest comfortably in Syria, especially in northern Syria. From time to time, they threaten and provoke our country from there, they do everything,” he said.