Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has set a date for a possible face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. This is reported by Reuters with reference to CNN Turk.
It is noted that the leaders are likely to hold talks in Istanbul on March 5. The Russian side has not yet confirmed the information.
On this day, a four-way summit of the leaders of Russia, Turkey, France, and Germany is planned. February 21, Putin held a telephone conversation with Erdogan. The heads of state agreed to intensify inter-agency consultations on Idlib to reduce tensions, ensure a ceasefire and neutralize the terrorist threat.
In January-February, the Syrian army occupied almost half of the Idlib de-escalation zone, leaving behind Turkish observation posts. The advance of government forces outraged Ankara. Erdogan said that if the Syrian troops are not withdrawn from the line of posts by the end of February, the Turkish army will launch a military operation. Russia, which has expressed support for Damascus’s action in Idlib, is trying to resolve the situation through negotiations, but so far the parties have not been able to agree.