Despite the obvious importance of the Astana process, its uniqueness and its visible successes, the participation of the West in them continues to be limited.
According to Yavuz, Western countries should properly involve themseleves in this promising process, which would have a positive impact on the situation in Syria.
"Obviously, the main players in the Astana process are Russia, Turkey, Iran and to some extent, the Assad government. The countries of the West and especially the United States should also fully engage in this important and promising process,” Yavuz said.
“However, despite the obvious success of the Astana process, the participation of the Western countries in it continues to be limited,” he added.
The current round of the Astana talks is vital due to a number of factors.
Just before their start, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visited Turkey and met with key policymakers tasked with addressing the situation in Syria.
He further said that the Syrian forces in Raqqa are also claiming great success in the ongoing liberation of the city from Daesh.
“The key role in this, as we know, was played by the airstrikes of the Russian military aircraft, which hit the main targets of the terrorist group in this zone. Therefore, we can assume that the operation for the liberation of Raqqa will not last long. But what will happen afterwards? It is still unknown who will control these areas after the complete destruction of Daesh,” Yavuz said.
The expert further said that Turkey cannot trust the US currently due to its support for the Kurdish self-defense groups (YPG).
“The letter by the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, which became public, stating that after the victory of the US in Raqqa, it would no longer use Kurds and weapons delivered to the Kurdish detachments would allegedly not be used against Turkey, did not help the matter,” Yavuz stressed.
On the contrary, Ankara became even more afraid of the implementation of the US plan in the region.
“Thus, Washington's desire to achieve its ambitions in Syria at all costs, threatens not only the current situation in the Arab Republic but its future as well,” Yavuz concluded.