Kremlin says Putin, Erdogan not to meet on Syria on March 5

Source: Xinhua| 2020-02-27 19:55:33|Editor: xuxin
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MOSCOW, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Kremlin denied on Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would meet his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on March 5 to discuss the Syrian situation.

"Putin has other work plans for March 5," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, commenting on a possible summit of Russian, Turkish, German and French leaders in Istanbul amid rising tensions in Syria's northwestern Idlib province.

Nevertheless, Russia and Turkey are maintaining working communications at the expert level, primarily to discuss the crisis in Idlib, where Turkish armed forces are clashing with Syrian government troops, Peskov said.

Last week, Erdogan said the quartet summit on the Idlib crisis would be held on March 5, and Peskov said later that Putin supported the idea of holding such a four-party meeting.