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Putin, Merkel, Macron and Erdogan meet in Istanbul to broker a deal in Syria (Video)

Talks over the future of Syria took place in Istanbul, Turkey, with the leaders of Russia, Turkey, Germany, and France meeting to discuss the Syrian peace process in a new contact group format.

Missing from the contact group, the United States, as well as President of Assad of Syria…who knows that Vladimir Putin will represent his interests within the contact group.

With Syrian reconciliation on the table,  Erdogan opened the summit saying, “the whole world is watching this meeting. I hope, that the hopes will be met.”

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a quick look at the new format, Istanbul summit aiming to bring a final peace to Syria.

With Vladimir Putin holding most of the cards, and Turkey a key player in the near seven year conflict, Merkel and Macron represent the European Union’s interests in Syria…which amount to nothing more than trying to control the migrant crisis that Merkel herself unleashed unto Europe.

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The four leaders are also expected to be joined by UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura. The four-way summit is an entirely new format of talks on the war-torn country, which has endured years-long conflict.

The meeting is all about testing the waters and trying to bring about different formats of talks on Syria, as if the leaders were to “synchronize watches” rather than reach a breakthrough, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Similar opinion was expressed by Germany, with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stating that the summit effectively brings different sides together for the very first time.

“There are Russians and Turks, who have been at the same format of talks with Iran. And on the other side, there are French and us, who partake in the so-called ‘Friends of Syria’ group,” Maas said ahead of the event, adding that having a “joint conversation” was a viable idea.

Turkey, which is hosting the summit, appears to be a little bit more optimistic about the high-profile event. According to the spokesman for Turkey’s President, Ibrahim Kalin, the leaders are expected to discuss prospects of political settlement in Syria, and might agree on some sort of reconciliation roadmap and the main ideas for the new Syrian Constitution.

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Shaun Ramewe
Shaun Ramewe
October 28, 2018

Good work by Putin but he needs to expect a dirty backstabbing from all the other so-called partners here. I love the way that they have to accept the original political process and sovereignty of Syria irregardless of hating every minute of such a pro-democratic reality being only what Assad and Damascus ever stood for and that a Geneva constitution is left merely as a belated side-line which will still likely fail unless it falls in place with Syria’s wishes (as were Assad’s demands all along). I bet Erdogan, Macron and White Helmets are despising their non-use of terrorist chemicals… Read more »

ian bragg
ian bragg
October 29, 2018

as it affects the European nations more its great to see the US trouble makers left out

john mason
john mason
Reply to  ian bragg
October 29, 2018

France and Germany represent the US.

Olivia Kroth
Reply to  john mason
October 29, 2018

Yes, unfortunately this is so, John. France and Germany are not independent nations but US overseas “protectorates”. Their governments are installed by the US and their press is not “free”.

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