The Turkish NTV channel reported that the quadruple meeting of the delegations of Russia, Türkiye, Syrian and Iran that was scheduled to take place in Moscow on Thursday has postponed for technical reasons.
Turkish state TRT Haber TV channel had previously reported that the meeting would be held in Moscow on March 15-16, and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov later said that there is hope to hold a meeting at the level of deputy ministers in Moscow this week.
Sources familiar with the situation revealed that the meeting that was scheduled for today (Thursday) was postponed for technical reasons, and the new date hasn’t yet been set.
Last December, Russia hosted the first talks between the Turkish and Syrian defense ministers, the first meeting that took place in 11 years, as Türkiye, which had close relations with Damascus, sided with the opponents of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
Since then, the Syrian-Turkish relations have remained difficult, but recently there has been a possibility of dialogue, and talk has begun about the possibility of gradual normalization.
A meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, Syria and Türkiye was planned to resolve the differences between Ankara and Damascus, and in January, Ankara proposed that such a meeting take place in early February.
Later, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan admitted that Iran could join the planned high-level talks between Türkiye, Russia and Syria.