Fine then: US, Turkey give up the “Assad must go” mantra

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December 12, 2017 – FRN – 

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Vesti – translated by Inessa Sinchougova 

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said that the authorities of Bashar Assad in Syria are no longer a threat to themselves in Ankara .

He noted that Turkey remains concerned about the Syrian Kurdish party “Democratic Union”, which the Turkish authorities consider a terrorist organization, as well as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

However, he said that any operations against them in the territory of Syria will be coordinated with Moscow, in addition, Ankara gave Russia a list of Kurdish political movements, which it is ready to deal with when discussing the post-war settlement in the country.

“If there is an operation on our part, we will coordinate it with our allies, with Russia in advance,” Cavusoglu said. 

Earlier it became known that the US leadership changed its attitude to President Bashar Assad and is ready to accept that he will continue to lead the republic in the next four years.

The future of Syria, has perhaps been decided on November 22, during the talks of the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey in Sochi. On the agenda of the meeting was a political settlement in this country, after the defeat of ISIS. 

Turkey and Iran are of course on the opposite sides of the Syrian conflict – so to bring both sides to the round-table is quite the achievement of Russia.

On December 11, following Putin’s visit to Syria – he went on to complete this round of regional talks with the President of Egypt, and once again the President of Turkey. 

Inessa Sinchougova is an Editor and Journalist at Fort Russ News, as well as a research fellow and translator of the Belgrade based think-tank, the Center for Syncretic Studies. She was educated at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), in the field of Political Science and was previously employed in Marketing and Communications Strategy for a Multi-National Corporation. She runs a popular YouTube channel for translations of key Russian Foreign Policy figures and appears regularly on other alternative media channels. If you like her work, you can support her Patreon here.

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