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    The leaders of Russia, Turkey, Germany, and France discussed the political settlement in Syria, including plans to create a demilitarized zone in Idlib province, as well as other international issues.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a joint statement in Istanbul following a meeting in the city.

    The talks took place in the main hall of the Vahdettin Pavilion, an estate which belonged to the last sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed VI Vahdettin and is now used as one of the working offices of the Turkish president.

    The multilateral summit, which is the first of its kind, has taken place after a September agreement between Ankara and Moscow that stipulated the creation of a demilitarized buffer zone in Syria's Idlib province, the last major rebel-held territory in the country.

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    • 21:09

      Putin Says ‘Reserves Right’ to Help Damascus Contain Terror Threat in Idlib

      "Should radicals … launch armed provocations from the Idlib zone, Russia reserves the right to give active assistance to the Syrian government in liquidating this source of terrorist threat," he vowed.

    • 20:47

      Russia, Turkey Informed France, Germany About Efforts to Resolve Syrian Crisis - Putin

      "Together with Mr. Erdogan, we informed our European colleagues about the progress achieved in implementing the Russian-Turkish agreements on Idlib. We assume that the creation of the demilitarized zone, as well as the de-escalation zone itself in Idlib, is a temporary measure," he said after talks with the leaders of Turkey, France and Germany in Istanbul.

    • 20:40

      Russia, Turkey, France, Germany Adopt Joint Statement on Syrian Settlement - Putin

      "The adopted joint statement reflects the mood of Russia, Turkey, Germany and France to further expand cooperation in the interest of normalizing the situation in Syria, to launch an effective inter-Syrian dialogue and carry out the necessary state reforms and transformations," the Russian President concluded.

    • 20:29

      Quadrilateral Summit Format Colud Be Continued in Future - Erdogan

    • 20:28

      Future of Syria to Be Decided in Election Conducted With International Monitoring - Merkel

    • 20:23

      EU Must Keep Promises to Grant Financial Aid for Syrian Refugees - Erdogan

      "We expect the pledges of the EU to be honored," the Turkish President said, reminding of the upcoming winter.

      Erdogan added the international community should contribute to a political solution in Syria. He said Iran would be informed about the results of the summit.

      "I hope and pray that our summit meeting will flourish hopes of solution in Syria once again," he concluded.

    • 20:19

      Only Syrian People Can Choose Their Destiny and Decide Who Should Lead Their Country - Putin

      "All participants of the meeting agree on the main issues: long-term stability in Syria can be achieved only through political and diplomatic means, in full compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and with the principles of unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the [Syrian] Arab Republic strictly observed," President Putin stated at a press conference following the quadrilateral summit.

      He also expressed his hope that Ankara would ensure the withdrawal of the opposition forces from the demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib.

      "We expect that the Turkish side will soon complete the withdrawal of the opposition, heavy weapons and military formations from the demilitarized zone," Putin noted.

    • 20:16

      Germany to Withhold Arms Sales to Riyadh - Merkel

      According to the German Chancellor, the European Union could take the collective decision on halting arms to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi case.

    • 20:12

      Ankara Provided All Leaders at Summit With Info on Khashoggi Case - Erdogan

    • 20:07

      Constitutional Committee to Be Established in Syria This Year - Putin

      The Russian president stated that the committee would be set up, adding that Russia, Turkey, Germany and France have coordinated their approaches to the situation in Syria. He also stressed that the work needs to be done taking Damascus into account.

    • 20:02

      Joint Statement Shows Russia, Turkey, Germany, and France Have Common Goals - Merkel

    • 19:57

      Syrian Constitutional Committee Has to Be Set Up This Year - Macron

    • 19:53

      Possible Goverment Military Op in Idlib is Unacceptable - Macron

    • 19:52

      Macron Starts Summit Speech by Expressing Solidarity With US Over Synagogue Shooting

      Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (second from right) and French President Emmanuel Macron (right) during the meeting on Syria in Istanbul, October 27, 2018.
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    • 19:46

      Most of Syria Cleared of Terrorists, Country Returning to Peaceful Life – Putin

      Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia reserved right to help Damascus to eliminate terrorist threat in Idlib in case of provocations. The Russian president has also underlined the necessity for Syria constitutional committee to start operating. 

    • 19:43

      Erdogan: Iran to Be Briefed on Outcome of Istanbul Summit on Syria

    • 19:35

      Turkish President Hopes Decisions Made During Summit Will Help to Improve Situation in Syria

      Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan underlined that the military solution was not possible for the settlement of the Syrian crisis. He stressed that Ankara would not allow terrorist presence in any region of Syria.

      Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) during a meeting on Syria, October 27, 2018.
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      Erdogan went on saying that the constitutional committee for Syria should be formed as soon as possible.

    • 19:11

      Summit in Istanbul Concludes After Three Hours of Negotiations

    • 19:09

      Macron and Merkel Support Coordinated EU Stance on Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

    • 18:15

      UN Special Envoy for Syria de Mistura Says the Summit in Istanbul is Useful and Constructive

      "This is not a formal meeting, this is very operational meeting ... We had useful, constructive and intense discussions with the four leaders," Staffan de Mistura told journalists.

      Asked about his upcoming resignation from the post, de Mistura confirmed he would fully fulfill all his duties until the last day, the end of November, as it was announced earlier.

    • 17:43

      Putin, Erdogan, Merkel, and Macron Resume Summit After a Short Break

    • 17:30

      Leaders of Russia, Turkey, Germany, and France Take a Break After One Hour of Talks

      The meeting between Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Emmanuel Macron took place in the main hall of the the Vahdettin Pavilion, an estate which belonged to the last sultan of the Ottoman Empire.

      Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron during the meeting on Syria in Istanbul, October 27, 2018.
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    • 17:05

      Lavrov and Cavusoglu Discussed Implementation of Idlib Demilitarized Zone Agreement - Russian Foreign Ministry

      "The parties considered measures to enhance coordination in relation to the situation in Syria in terms of combating terrorism, enhancing the political settlement process based on UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and decisions of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, creating conditions for the early return of refugees to their homes and post-conflict reconstruction of the country. Special attention was paid to the implementation of the September 17 agreements of Russian and Turkish presidents regarding the de-escalation zone in Idlib," the statement of the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

    • 17:01

      Putin and Macron Hold On-the-Go Exchange in Istanbul

      Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron (center) and Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel during a meeting on Syria, October 27, 2018.
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    • 17:00

      Erdogan Hopes Istanbul Summit on Syria to Meet World's Expectations on Conflict Settlement

      "The whole world is following this summit. I hope it will meet all the expectations," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at the opening of the meeting.

    • 16:59

      France’s Macron Says Syrian Stability at Stake in Istanbul

      "Stability in Syria that will avert a new humanitarian disaster is what's at stake today [at the meeting] with President Erdogan, President Putin and Chancellor Merkel," French President Emanuel Macron tweeted.

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