Russia’s newly appointed ambassador to Ankara Alexei Yerkhov said that Turkey is an important partner of Russia in solving the Syrian crisis and increasing the trade volume between two countries to $100 billion is a “possible goal.”
Experts from Russia, Iran and Turkey acting as the guarantors of the Syrian ceasefire, will hold a meeting in Astana on Tuesday. Similar consultations were last held in Tehran on April 18-19.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday stressed the importance of working with “right and legitimate” actors in the fight against terrorism during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, sources in Erdogan’s office said.
Turkey has warned Syrian opposition groups from refraining to discuss the future administrative make-up of Syria or a new constitution at the talks in Geneva on Feb. 20.