Putin to meet leaders of Iran and Turkey in Tehran – Kremlin

The Russian president plans to visit Tehran next week

Putin to meet leaders of Iran and Turkey – Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Tehran on July 19 for talks with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during a press briefing on Tuesday.

Putin will attend a trilateral meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan under the so-called ‘Astana peace process.’ The format was launched in early 2017 with the aim of putting an end to the 11-year-long conflict in Syria.

In addition to the trilateral meeting, there will also be bilateral meetings,” Peskov said.

Putin and Erdogan held a phone call on Monday during which they discussed economic and trade cooperation, the use of national currencies in transactions and Russian energy supplies. The two leaders also exchanged opinions on the situation around Ukraine, “including in the context of coordinating efforts to ensure the safety of navigation in the Black Sea and grain exports to world markets,” the readout of the conversation published on the Kremlin website says.

According to the Turkish president’s Directorate of Communications, meanwhile, Erdogan told his Russian colleague that “it was time for the United Nations to take action for the plan regarding the formation of secure corridors via the Black Sea for the grain export.”

Kiev and Western nations have accused Russia of blocking food exports from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports, which they maintain has contributed to the surge in global food prices. Moscow denies the allegation, saying it has been offering safe passage to freighters, whereas Ukraine is preventing civilian ships from leaving the ports. Russia also says Kiev’s deployment of sea mines has created a threat to shipping in the area.

The key topic of the talks between Putin and Raisi will be “planning for the development of economic cooperation between Iran and Russia,” according to Mohammad Reza Pour-Ebrahimi, chairman of the Iranian parliament’s Economic Commission.

He hailed the results of Raisi’s January visit to Russia, saying that it marked “a new chapter of economic relations” between the two countries. The commission chairman also claimed that Russia needs economic cooperation with Iran “more and more” amid the sanctions imposed on it by Western countries.


3 Responses to “Putin to meet leaders of Iran and Turkey in Tehran – Kremlin”

  1. sovereigntea says:

    Iran – Just deployed a regiment in Northern Syria.

    Iran deployed 15 tanks, armored personnel carriers, MLRS and 600 militias to northern Syria.

    Iran has strengthened its presence in northern Syria, transferring additional forces controlled in the territory of the Arab Republic to the territory of the city of Tel Rifat and its environs, as well as completely taking control of the Minag airport. In fact, a whole battalion-tactical group is deployed in northern Syria, consisting of pro-Iranian militias and the Iranian military, including tanks, armored personnel carriers, multiple launch rocket systems and about 600 personnel.

    According to the data provided by the source, at the moment, very significant forces of the Iranian military and militias are concentrated in Tel Rifat. Turkish resources also report this. The purpose of taking control of the Minag airport is still unknown, however, experts note that this may indicate that numerous attack drones can be deployed here, as well as tactical missile systems, the purpose of which is to be transferred to this region to counter Turkish aggression in Syria.

    “The Minag airport in Tel Rifat has almost completely come under the control of the Iranian militias. Allied troops from the Iranian-backed Fourth Armored Division under the control of Mahir al-Assad came to support Minag. The support sent to the Minag area consists of 600 people, 15 tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and Grad vehicles. Iranian militias have stepped up their presence in Nubla and Zehra with reinforcements.”, – Turkish journalist Bedrettin Belyukbashi reports

    Experts do not exclude. that due to the concentration of pro-Iranian units in Syria, Israel can take advantage of this, justifying its new strikes by the presence of significant Iranian forces here.

  2. sovereigntea says:

    TEHRAN (FNA)- President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi reaffirmed Iran’s support for Syria, and reiterated that Tehran opposes any foreign intervention in the war-ravaged country.

    In a telephone call to Bashar Al-Assad on Saturday evening, Rayeesi congratulated his Syrian counterpart on the occasion of Eid Al-Adha, and noted Iran’s supports the establishment of peace and stability and is against any foreign intervention in Syria.

    He further pointed to the necessity of implementing the previous agreements between the two countries, and described the previous visit of Assad to Tehran as successful.

    Meanwhile, the Syrian president congratulated the Iranian government and the Iranian nation on the arrival of Eid Al-Adha with sincere congratulations to Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.

    Assad stated Iran and Syria “stand together on the same front”, while enemies are getting weaker and weaker every day in the face of the resistance front.

    He voiced the hope both sides would celebrate the next Eid Al-Adha while witnessing growing internal and external achievements.

    Assad held meetings with Ayatollah Khamenei and Rayeesi during a surprise visit to Tehran in early May. He paid his first visit to Tehran in February 2019, after a tripartite Iran-Russia-Syria coalition managed to suppress Takfiri terrorists and restore partial peace to the Arab country.

    Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist groups that are wreaking havoc in the country.

    The US military has also stationed forces and equipment in Eastern and Northeastern Syria, with the Pentagon claiming that the deployment is aimed at preventing the oilfields in the area from falling into the hands of Daesh (also known as ISIL or ISIS) terrorists.

    Damascus has stressed the unlawful deployment is meant to plunder the country’s resources, calling on foreign occupation forces and their mercenaries to leave Syria.