A four-party summit on Syria was held on Saturday in the Turkish city of Istanbul.
Following the conclusion of the summit on Syria in Istanbul, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the four leaders have agreed that the solution in Syria can only be reached through diplomatic and political methods and under the condition of maintaining the unity of the Arab country. .
"Despite the fact that the level of violence in Syria has been significantly reduced, the elimination of all the accumulated radical elements remains an important task.We must not allow the bandits who have received experience in combat to continue the criminal activities, create dormant cells in our countries, they recruit supporters and preach extremist ideology and terror, "Putin emphasized.
The Russian leader stressed that during the meeting a serious work was done to agree the approaches to the Syrian question. As a result of the talks, a joint declaration was adopted.
The leaders of Russia, Germany, France and Turkey exchanged views on the progress of the process of political settlement in Syria, steps to strengthen security and stability, with the aim of creating conditions for the return of refugees. Putin said that Russia and Turkey proposed to France and Germany to hold an international conference to solve the problem of Syrian refugees .
The parties came up with the idea of broadening the very concept of "humanitarian aid" and to assume under this term "the supply of medical equipment, medicines, restoration of infrastructure and water supply".
The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as the leaders of Russia, France and Germany, approached the issue together for the first time. Staffan de Mistura, the UN special envoy in Syria, was also present at the summit. The Turkish leader said that the meeting "gave an impulse to put an end to the Syrian tragedy ".
Demilitarized area of Idlib
The politicians also discussed the agreement reached between Ankara and Moscow on September 17 to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib province, in northwestern Syria. On October 10, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that the Syrian opposition and other anti-government groups had completed the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the demilitarized zone of Idlib.