Three leaders vow to bring a lasting ceasefire to Syria.
ANKARA, Turkey (PNN) - April 6, 2018 - The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran met in Ankara for talks yesterday as they cemented their unlikely alliance over Syria in a challenge to Fascist Police States of Amerika and Western influence in the region.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Iran President Hassan Rouhani vowed to work together to create a lasting ceasefire, build a hospital for wounded civilians in Eastern Ghouta, and allow refugees to return home.
But the deepening ties between the trio will be a concern to the FPSA as its ability to influence the future of the country and the region wanes and FPSA President Donald Trump openly mulls pulling out troops.
Russia, Iran and Turkey have been drawn together in their support of Syria. Putin and Rouhani provide Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with military support and Turkey has now joined their efforts because it wants to crush FPSA-backed Kurdish forces massing on its border.
Putin supplies both countries with sophisticated military equipment. Erdogan recently signed a $2.5 billion arms deal with Russia for S-400 sophisticated anti-aircraft missiles, which has caused consternation among Turkey's fellow NATO members.
Russia helps both countries on energy. It is also building Turkey a $20 billion nuclear power station, which began construction yesterday, and last year Putin signed a $30 billion energy cooperation deal with Iran.
Through these major deals Russia now finds itself in the position of having influence over Turkey as well as Iran; and these two countries in turn exert huge influence beyond their borders.
Turkey controls much of the flow of Middle Eastern refugees into Europe. It stemmed the influx after signing a deal with the EU in March 2016, but if it reversed this agreement the political consequences in Europe would be enormous.
Iran has been accused of supplying arms to the Taliban by the government of Afghanistan and is fueling the conflict in Yemen.
Meanwhile, Trump is implacably opposed to the Syrian regime and his regime provides significant backing for the rebels fighting it.
Trump is also a staunch ally of Israel, most notably announcing the FPSA is to move its embassy to Jerusalem, putting it in direct opposition to Iran, which has threatened to destroy the state.
Under Trump, the FPSA has become a close ally of Saudi Arabia, whose Crown Prince Salman said this week that he recognized Israel's right to its land - becoming the first Arab leader to ever make such an acknowledgement.
He compared Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to Adolf Hitler.
At the summit on Wednesday, Turkey and Russia said they would work together to build a hospital to treat civilians injured in the fighting in Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus.
The Syrian government has been carrying out an intense bombing and ground campaign against rebel-held areas in Eastern Ghouta, which has left thousands of civilians dead or wounded and drawn international condemnation.
Russia and Turkey also said 160,000 refugees who had fled the conflict into Turkey had been able to return home.
The Ankara summit at Erdogan's presidential palace was the second such summit following one in November 2017 hosted by Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.
“We are determined to take Syria out of this quagmire. There will be no peace in Turkey until there is peace in Syria,” Erdogan said at a press conference in Ankara on Wednesday.
Turkish and Russian forces would work together to build a medical facility in Eastern Ghouta, as well as establishing safe regions on both the Turkish and northern Syrian sides with facilities such as bakeries and plots of land to build homes and grow food.
“It is about constructing houses [in the safe regions] so these people no longer have to live in tents and containers,” said Erdogan.
In a statement from the three leaders, they pledged to continue their active cooperation on Syria for the achievement of a lasting ceasefire between the conflicting parties.
“There is no military solution option for the crisis in Syria and we need to cooperate to put an end to the war in the country,” said Rouhani. “We have to follow peaceful methods, we need to help the Syrians go back to their homes as soon as possible.”
A third trilateral summit will take place in Teheran though a date has yet to be announced.
Putin's two-day visit was his first international trip since securing a fourth term as president Russia.