A meeting on Idlib
1 Turkey — Russia
The ‘Reuters’ reports, while citing the administration of the Turkish president that Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Russia on Thursday, 5th of March. It was reported that his visit will be one day long. The Turkish president stated that he hopes to reach an agreement on a ceasefire in Idlib during the negotiation with the Russian President Vladimir Putin. A spokesman of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, confirmed that the meeting between the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan, will be held on 5th March, in Moscow. Earlier, during a telephone conversation on Friday, the Russian and Turkish presidents noted the need for the additional measures, aimed to normalize the situation in north-western Syria.
2 Russia — Turkey
The spokesman for the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, announced that Russia intends to continue the fight against the terrorism in Syria. Russia sees a great importance in the cooperation with Turkey in that area. Dmitry Peskov underlined that Moscow «remains committed to the Sochi agreements, and advocates for the territorial integrity of Syria, and also — supports Syria in the intention to continue the fight against the terrorists». The Turkish national defense minister, Hulusi Akar, stated on Monday that Ankara isn’t even considering a clash with Russia in Syria. “As we have said many times — we don’t even think to clash with Russia. Everyone knows about it” — the NTV quoted the Turkish minister.
The official representative of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi, stated that all parties of the conflict in Syria should return to the ‘Astana format’ of negotiations, since it will provide an opportunity to resolve the situation in Idlib. Abbas Mousavi underlined that «the political process remains to be the only solution to the crisis in Syria». He added that Iran is making efforts to hold a summit in the near future in the Astana format, in Tehran.
‘Al Hadath’ TV reported that the ‘green zone’ of the city of Baghdad was attacked with rockets on Monday night. One of the rockets exploded near the US Embassy. ‘Al-sumaria’ TV reported, while citing a source in Baghdad’s police, that two rockets fell in the ‘green zone’. They were launched from an area to the east of the city. It was reported that there were no casualties as a result of the rocket fire on the green zone.
5 The DPRK — South Korea
The South Korean Chiefs of Staff Committee believes that North Korea launched two short-range ballistic missiles on Monday — the ‘Yonhap’ news agency reported while citing an employee of the Committee of Chiefs of Staff. Earlier it was reported that on Monday the DPRK launched two unidentified missiles towards the Sea of Japan. They flew for 240 km, and reached the max altitude of 35 km. The missiles were launched near the city of Wonsan. Seoul expressed a «serious concern» about the actions of the DPRK.
The official representative of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Abbas Mousavi, announced that Tehran will continue the dialogue with the Taliban after they conclude an agreement with the USA. “We will continue our negotiations with the Taliban and, as before, we will inform the government of Afghanistan about it” — he said. According to Abbas Mousavi, «the Taliban are a reality in Afghanistan that can’t be ignored». Abbas Mousavi underlined that the problems of Afghanistan should be resolved via an internal Afghan dialogue. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.