Russia sends delegation to Turkey for talks on Syria

QAMIHSLI, Syria (North Press) – A high-level Russian diplomatic delegation headed towards Turkey on Thursday for talks about several issues, including the Syrian one.

Al-Monitor reported, citing the Turkish Foreign Ministry, that the Russian delegation, led by Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergey Vershinin, will hold talks with Turkish officials headed by Turkey’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Sedat Onal.

The visit comes in tandem with recent Turkish attacks on areas held by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeast Syria and threats to launch a new ground operation against the region.

Since November 20, Turkish forces have escalated their ground and air bombardment on many areas in northern Syria, severely damaging infrastructures, and causing civilian and military casualties.

On November 21, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealed that there are talks with parties to the conflict of Syria to carry out a ground military operation on northern Syria and northern Iraq.

Recently, Erdogan has started looming about a possible meeting with the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as on November 23, he said that a meeting with al-Assad can take place.

“There is no resentment in politics. Sooner or later, we can take steps,” Erdogan noted.

However, it has been emerged that al-Assad has rejected a Russian-brokered bid to reconcile with his Turkish counterpart.

In addition, Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, aired a complaint over the Russian stalling of the constitutional talks between parties to the conflict in Syria, according to the source.

Cavusoglu added that the Russian-Ukrainian war, war in Libya and bilateral issues would also be discussed during the talks.

Reporting by Hozan Zubeir