MOSCOW – Anadolu Agency
Russia, Turkey and Iran have “full understanding” of countering terrorism and preserving Syria’s territorial integrity, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Dec. 15.
“Moscow, Ankara and Tehran do not 100 percent share the same goals in Syria. Each country may have different approaches to the situation in Syria. However, the trio have full understanding of countering terrorism and preserving Syria’s territorial integrity,” Lavrov said in his speech at Russia’s Federation Council.
He said the three guarantor powers have managed to serve each other’s interests.
“These mutual interests provide consistent and effective work to the Astana format,” he said.
Russia, Turkey and Iran brokered a cease-fire in Syria in December 2016, leading them to the Astana peace talks in the Kazakh capital.
Regarding dialogue with the U.S., Lavrov said Russia is open to “constructive” joint work with Washington.
“Unfortunately, we do not see any progress from the U.S. administration,” he said.
Lavrov added that Russia is not in favor of “deepening” confrontation. “But, of course, we will continue to respond to any unfriendly steps in accordance within the principle of reciprocity.”