Turkey, Russia Form New Mechanism to Discuss Syria Crisis

Ankara, – Turkey and Russia have formed a new mechanism to discuss the Syrian crisis, with a meeting set to take place in Moscow on Thursday, Turkish presidential spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, told the Turkish A Haber TV on Wednesday as reported by Anadolu Agency. The decision to create the committee came after the meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, Kalin said. “The presidents of Russia and Turkey gave an order yesterday, Tuesday, to set up again a trilateral mechanism, which would comprise of committees with representatives of intelligence, military and diplomatic representatives from each side,” Kalin was quoted as saying. “I think the committee will go to Moscow today Wednesday night. The first meeting will be tomorrow Thursday,” he added. Kalin said Turkey and Russia have opened a new chapter following the meeting between Erdogan and Putin in St. Petersburg. “We have opened a new chapter. This unwelcome incident had upset us. It was said on Tuesday that both countries would remain in close cooperation for avoiding such incidents,” the spokesman added. Turkey-Russia relations were severed last year after Turkey shot down a Russian military jet as it violated Turkish airspace. The issue was largely resolved on June 29, initiated by a letter and subsequent telephone calls between leaders of the two countries.

Source: Qatar News Agency