Damascus intends to regain the sovereignty over the territories
The final statement on the international meeting on Syria in the city of Nur Sultan states the following: The guarantor countries of the Astana process — Russia, Turkey and Iran — rejected the initiative to create self-government in Syria under the guise of combating the terrorism. They also confirmed their «continued commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria,» as well as the purposes and principles of the UN Charter. They underlined that the principles should be universally taken into account and duly respected.
The Syrian Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar Jaafari announced that Damascus intends to regain its sovereignty over all the territories in the north and the east of Syria. Including the areas that are currently controlled by the US. Bashar Jaafari underlined that «the future of Idlib is obvious to us: there should be no foreign terrorist presence backed by the US, UK, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia.»
3 the USA
The meeting between the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Donald Trump took place on Tuesday evening. It lasted for 50 minutes. After the meeting, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced that the US president understands the benefits of the good relations between Russia and the US. Donald Trump tweeted that he is looking forward to continue the dialogue with Russia in the near future. He said that the parties discussed «a lot of topics», including the trade, Iran, North Korea, the INF Treaty, and the nuclear arms control.
The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced that if the US impose sanctions against Ankara due to the purchase of Russian S-400 AA missile systems — Turkey will take retaliatory actions. Cavusoglu specified that Turkey might close the Incirlik airbase to the US troops. «Turkey might ask the US to withdraw its military from the Incirlik airbase» — Cavusoglu said. He added that Turkey could «change the status for the Kurejik base», on which the elements of the European missile defense system are currently deployed.