Turkey, Syria, Russia defence ministers meet for first talks since 2011

SpaceWar.com reports: “The defence ministers of Russia, Turkey and Syria met in Moscow on Wednesday, the first such talks since a war broke out in Syria, the Russian defence ministry said.

It was also the first meeting between the defence ministers of Turkey and Syria since the start of the war in 2011.

Russia and Turkey are both involved in Syria, with Moscow supporting the Damascus regime against its opponents, and Ankara backing rebels.

The meeting came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly threatened to launch a military offensive in northern Syria against Kurdish groups.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu and his Turkish and Syrian counterparts, Hulusi Akar and Ali Mahmoud Abbas, discussed ‘ways to resolve the Syrian crisis, the problem of refugees, and joint efforts to combat extremist groups in Syria’, said the Russian defence ministry.

It added that the meeting had been ‘constructive’ with a need to ‘continue it in the interests of further stabilising the situation’ in Syria and the region…”

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