Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced that the draft roadmap for normalizing relations between Syria and Türkiye is currently under study, and that there are ongoing efforts to achieve general progress in this regard.
Lavrov made these statements during his speech at the Moscow Institute of International Relations on the occasion of the start of the academic year in Russia.
Lavrov said, “We presented a draft road map on normalizing relations between Syria and Türkiye to our colleagues in June of this year, and this draft is currently under study, and we are in talks about it”.
The Russian Foreign Minister met his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan in Moscow, where they discussed a range of issues, including the resumption of the grain deal and the development of bilateral relations, in addition to the Syrian issue and Ukraine.
On the other hand, the Syrian president Bashar al Assad, and during his meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdollahian two days ago, affirmed once again his same position towards normalization relations with Türkiye, as the Turkish forces must withdrawal from the Syrian lands and its inevitability as a necessary condition for the return of normal relations between Damascus and Ankara.
The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier this year that he required Assad’s assistance in combating terrorism in order to restore relations, referring to the Kurdish forces, but this doesn’t seem to be a problem for Syria, which is also apprehensive about these forces.