Joint Statement by the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the President of the Russian Federation, and the President of the Republic of Turkiey, Tehran
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, H.E. Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi, President of the Russian Federation, H.E. Vladimir Putin, and President of the Republic of Turkiey, H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan gathered in Tehran on 19 July 2022 for a Tripartite Summit within the framework of Astana format.
1. Discussed the current situation on the ground in Syria, reviewed the developments following the last virtual summit on 1 July 2020 and reiterated their determination to enhance the trilateral coordination in light of their agreements as well as conclusionsof foreign ministers and representatives’ meetings. Also, examined the latest international and regional developments and emphasized the leading role of the Astana Process in peaceful and sustainable settlement of the Syrian crisis.
2. Emphasized their unwavering commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic as well as to the purposes and principles of UN Charter. Highlighted that these principles should be universally respected and that no actions, no matter by whom they were undertaken, should undermine them.
3. Expressed their determination to continue working together to combat terrorism in all forms and manifestations. Condemned increased presence and activities of terrorist groups and their affiliates under different names in various parts of Syria, including the attacks targeting civilian facilities, which result in loss of innocent lives. Highlighted the necessity to fully implement all arrangements related to the north of Syria.
4. Rejected all attempts to create new realities on the ground under the pretext of combating terrorism, including illegitimate self-rule initiatives, and expresses their determination to stand against separatist agendas aimed at undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria as well as threatening the national security of neighboring countries including through cross-border attacks and infiltrations.
5. Discussed the situation in the north of Syria, emphasized that security and stability in this region can only be achieved on the basis of preservation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country and decided to coordinate their efforts to this end. Expressed their opposition to the illegal seizure and transfer of oil revenues that should belong to Syria.
6. Reaffirmed the determination to continue their ongoing cooperation in order to ultimately eliminate terrorist individuals, groups, undertakings and entities, while ensuring the protection of the civilians and civilian infrastructure in accordance with the international humanitarian law.
7. Reviewed in detail the situation in the Idlib de-escalation area and underscored the necessity to maintain calm on the ground by fully implementing all agreements on Idlib. Expressed their serious concern over the presence and activities of terrorist groups that pose threat to civilians inside and outside the Idlib de-escalation area. Agreed to make further efforts to ensure sustainable normalization of the situation in and around the Idlib de-escalation area, including the humanitarian situation.
8. Expressed grave concern at the humanitarian situation in Syria and rejected all unilateral sanctions which are in contravention of international law, international humanitarian law and the UN Charter including, among other things, any discriminatory measures through waivers for certain regions which could lead to this country’s disintegration by assisting separatist agendas. In this regard, called upon the international community, particularly the UN and its humanitarian agencies and other governmental/non-governmental international institutions to increase their assistance to all Syrianswithout discrimination, politicization and preconditions and in a more transparent manner.
9. Reaffirmed their conviction that there could be no military solution to the Syrian conflict and that it could only be resolved through the Syrian-led and Syrian-owned, UN-facilitated political process in line with the UN Security Council Resolution 2254. Emphasized in this regard the important role of the Constitutional Committee, created as a result of the decisive contribution of the Astana guarantors and the implementation of the decision of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi. Reaffirmed the readiness to support the continuous interaction with its members and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Syria Geir O. Pedersen, as facilitator, in order to ensure the sustainable and effective work of the next sessions of the Constitutional Committee. Expressed the conviction that the Committee in its work should respect the Terms of Reference and Core Rules of Procedure to enable the Committee to implement its mandate of preparing and drafting for popular approval a constitutional reform as well as achieving progress in its work and be governed by a sense of compromise and constructive engagement without foreign interference and externally imposed timelines aimed at reaching general agreement of its members. Underlined the necessity that it should conduct its activities without any bureaucratic and logistical hindrances.
10. Reaffirmed their determination to continue operations on mutual release of detainees/abductees within the framework of the respective Working Group of the Astana format. Underscored that the Working Group was a unique mechanism that had proved to be effective and necessary for building confidence between the Syrian parties, and decided to further continue its work on the release of detainees and abductees and in line with its mandate on handover of bodies and identifications of missing persons.
11. Highlighted the need to facilitate safe and voluntary return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their original places of residence in Syria, ensuring their right to return and right to be supported. In this regard, they called upon the international community to provide appropriate contributions for their resettlement and normal life as well as to undertake greater responsibility in burden-sharing and to enhance their assistance to Syria, inter alia by developing early recovery projects, including basic infrastructure assets – water, electricity. sanitation, health, educations, schools, hospitals as well as the humanitarian mine action in accordance with international humanitarian law.
12. Condemned Israeli military attacks in Syria including to civilian infrastructures. Considered it as violating the international law, international humanitarian law, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria, and recognized it as destabilizing and intensifying the tension in the region. Reaffirmed the necessity to abide by universally recognized international legal decisions, including those provisions of the relevant UN resolutions rejecting the occupation of Syrian Golan, first and foremost UN Security Council Resolutions 242 and 497, which also consider all decisions and measures taken by Israel in this regard null void and have no legal effect.
13. In addition to the Syrian issue, they confirmed their intention to strengthen trilateral coordination in different fields in order to promote joint political and economic cooperation.
14. Agreed to assign their representatives with the task of holding the 19th International Meeting on Syria in the Astana format by the end of 2022.
15. Decided to hold the next Tripartite Summit in the Russian Federation upon the invitation of President of the Russian Federation, H.E. Vladimir Putin.
16. The Presidents of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkiye expressed their sincere gratitude to the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, H.E. Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi for graciously hosting the Tripartite Summit within the framework of Astana format in Tehran.
Speech by President of Russia Vladimir Putin at the summit of the guarantor states of the Astana process
President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Raisi, Mr Erdogan, colleagues,
First, I would like to thank President Raisi for inviting us to visit Tehran for our today’s meeting in the framework of the Astana process. Of course, it is best to talk in-person in this format, and now we have the opportunity to do so.
We hope to discuss in a practical and business-like spirit the urgent issues of stabilisation in Syria, and there are quite a few of them at present.
Overall, the joint efforts of Russia, Iran and Turkiye to facilitate the comprehensive settlement of the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic are highly productive. Owing to the assistance and support of our countries, the level of violence in Syria has decreased significantly; peaceful life is returning and the country is gradually rebuilding its economy and social sphere.
And no less important, the real political and diplomatic process has been launched in line with Resolution 2254 of the UN Security Council. We believe the Astana Troika must continue playing a key role in the efforts to achieve complete normalisation in Syria and establish durable peace and civil accord in the country.
Importantly, Russia proceeds from its firm commitment to the fundamental principles of unconditional respect for the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic.
We support the draft joint statement prepared for approval following the summit, which determines the priorities of cooperation in this trilateral format.
We believe our task for the near future is to agree on specific steps to promote the intra-Syrian inclusive political dialogue, that is, to implement our agreement on creating conditions that will allow the Syrians to determine their future themselves, without outside interference.
In fact, this is why our three states initiated the adoption of the decision to establish a Constitutional Committee at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi in 2018. The Syrian parties achieved noticeable progress with support from Russia, Iran and Turkiye, and the participation of the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy for Syria. Importantly, the Syrians showed a willingness to come to terms, to search for and find consensus solutions on priority issues related to the future arrangement of their sovereign state.
I am convinced that our countries will continue promoting cooperation in the interests of the ultimate elimination of the remaining hotbeds of international terrorism on Syrian territory. It is necessary to put an end, once and for all, to the presence of ISIS and other extremist groups in Syria.
Let me stress that the situation on the territories outside the control of the Syrian government is particularly concerning. We see real threats of crime, extremism and separatism coming from those regions. This is largely allowed through the destructive policy of the Western states led by the US which are using a broad arsenal of political and economic measures, are strongly encouraging separatist sentiment in some areas of the country, as the President of Iran just mentioned, and plundering its natural resources with a view to ultimately pulling the Syrian state apart. So, it would be best to take extra steps in our trilateral format aimed at stabilising the situation in those areas and at returning control to the legitimate government of Syria.
I think it is important that Russia, Iran and Turkiye are making concerted efforts to render support to the Syrian people in the post-conflict recovery. We believe that everything needed must be done to restore the economy and social sphere, to return refugees and internally displaced persons to their homes, and to create conditions for safe and unimpeded access to humanitarian aid for those who need it. And these activities must be continued, of course.
In addition, it is necessary to see that other members of the international community, the respective UN agencies, and international development institutions play a more substantial role in providing Syria with assistance without politicisation or any preconditions.
To conclude, I would like to express confidence that our talks will be useful and productive and the results will serve to enhance stability and security not only in Syria but also in the Middle East in general.
I would also like to note that the next Astana Troika summit is scheduled to be held in Russia, and we will definitely be happy to see all of you there.
Thank you for your attention.
“Let me stress that the situation on the territories outside the control of the Syrian government is particularly concerning. We see real threats of crime, extremism and separatism coming from those regions. This is largely allowed through the destructive policy of the Western states led by the US”….(5TH PARA FROM THE BOTTOM) …Wonder if in anyway they could be alluding to the fact that USA went from having only the one “garrison” in the al tanf enclave to at least five inside Syria since Biden tool office….3 of the new garrisons are along the eastern side of the Euphrates River…escalation anyone??
Wow, wow, wow. A Copernican revolution happening right before our eyes. There’s a new sheriff in town and he is taking charge as a true statesman.
Can Erdie really be trusted given his membership in NITWITTO and record of taking bribes & payoffs to get off his fence sitting and put feet on one side?
What about Iraq? No direct mention here of USUK to get out. And what about all that gold stolen by US (I got a pic of US soldiers laughing and sitting on the bars)? Will it be returned to a sovereign country?
What implications will this have for the WEF agenda now being force-imposed on the western world (Vee vil not eat zee bugs, Klaus and we don’t want no digital control of our lives or our bank accounts)?
What implications will this tripartite leadership have for the reaction-response from the USUK? Will it motivate them to change their ways or will they feel pushed into a corner and choose to reassert their power on the world stage via nuclear weapons?
And most important of all:
Does this entail that moral Americans will get a free unrestricted passport to RU so that we can be governed by a moral leader, a statesman — instead of by a wholly corrupt crash test dummy with microphone in ear (or by his sucessors) who wants “to lead” the coming depopulation of world non-“elites” by forced injectable poisons and equally poisonous GMO fake-foods?
Thank you, President Putin and Leader Ali. The moral people and the poor people of the world offer you their sincere appreciation for your joint leadership.
I’m glad that Russia is taking on the issue of U.S. terrorist training camps and oil smuggling, because they are so cautious in confronting the United Snakes of Terror. Why? Two reasons:
1) their greed has made them crazy.
2) they have nukes.
President Putin is doing everything per international law and according to UN principles. By the time he acts with military and technology, the whole world knows he’s justified. Bravo for such a professional leader!
So just one simple question here:
As far as Russia’s statement is concerned, where is the coherence between defending Syria’s territorial integrity and sovereignty on one side, and not expressing the same for Ukraine on the other side?
To Bembo. You say “pray tell” the reason. Look no further than what the USUK have done in UKR since 2014. RU is dealing with a USUK puppet — not a democratically elected leader as is Assad.
To Bembo again.
Putin: “Importantly, Russia proceeds from its firm commitment to the fundamental principles of unconditional respect for the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic.”
Where do you see such mind set, such attitude in the West? It would be helpful to your own education if you would reread the article carefully and consider the language chosen and the concepts and concerns expressed in that content.
Russia was the guarantor of Minsk asgreements.
Ukraine officially declared them null and void AND physically acted such by shelling the Donbass.
Purely legally, Russia is obliged to “Force Ukraine to compliance” based on a document Ukraine signed – now even officially in bad faith as per that idiot Poroshenko.
That does not change the real reasons for the conflict. But as far as international jurisprudence goes, that war is more “legal” than any preceding ones waged by the US/NATO in the last two decades or so.
And that is even without accepting the acceptance of DNR/LNR as legal entities – which were in a legitimate war with Ukraine without a doubt – and an official assitance to them.
All that is just paperwork which has nothing to do with real reasons, but yeah. On the paperwork level Russians did their homework.
To User & StandEasy.
Excellent points. But here is another to consider. Question: Can one negotiate with a party who recognizes neither contractual agreement nor boundary?
Trump, acting on behalf of the Deep State threw JCPOA, the Paris Accord, and the nuke agreement with RU (that nukes can be usedonly as a defense to a first nuke attack) all into garbage (among other treaties).
As far as recognizing sovereignty & boundaries just look at what US has done with Haiti, Cuba, Venezuela, Columbia, Argentina (gmo poisons all over pristine lands), Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, even poor Somalia gets US bombs. And they steal their gold, oil, and earth minerals.
Now ask: Is reasonable negotiation even possible with such a person or entity? A good answer is found in Amaryanth’s recent post herein from presstv. Some quotes:
“War is a harsh and difficult reality, and the Islamic Republic will in no way be happy if it entangles ordinary people,” the Leader said. “In the case of Ukraine, however, if you had not taken the initiative, the opposite side would have caused [the outbreak] of war with its own initiative,” the Leader added, addressing the Russian president
For his part, the Russian president addressed the situation in Ukraine, saying, “No one is in favor of war,” adding, “The loss of ordinary people’s lives is a great tragedy.” “However, the West’s behavior has left us with no other option than to react,” the Russian head of state said. Putin [further] considered his country’s rifts with Ukraine to be rooted especially in the provocative measures that have been taken by the West, including the United States, over the past recent years, including the coup in Ukraine, which brought a Western-backed government to power there. He also cited NATO’s expansion toward Russia’s borders in spite of its earlier promises to avoid such a move to be another source of difference between Moscow and Kiev.
And there you have it. So, let’s next consider the attitude of the RU leader in contrast to what is being imposed by the US leader:
Putin: “The loss of ordinary people’s lives is a great tragedy.”
Biden: “The US must lead in fulfilling the WEF 2030 agenda” to depopulate the planet until no poor people remain and the 1B elite control everything.
Room here for negotiation? Surely one is not that easily amused.
It’s clear you haven’t read anything about the Minsk Protocols/Agreements. Russia tried to get the Ukrainians to implement the Protocols — which would have ensured the Ukraine’s integrity — for eight years.
But, as Poroshenko himself said, Kiev reneged and instead used Minsk to buy time to rearm to prepare another assault on the Donbass republics. Now, sadly, the Ukrainians waved goodbye to Minsk and it’s pretty apparent the present-day Ukraine’s time has come for it to disappear off the map.
Syria’s government wants to help its people, all of them.
Ukraine’s government has been violently attacking large portions of its people.
Try asking your “simple question” of the USUK:
Why do they support Ukraine’s “ethnic cleansing”?
Why do they attack and steal from Syria?
Man would I love to see the US militarily pushed/forced out of Syria. Its all about air power, as that is what both Israel and the US are projecting, to dominate. Could that air power be negated by missile power, defensive and offensive. Would the US or Israel be flying against the S-400 systems, could the air space of Syria and even Lebanon be closed to that. Could Syria be supplied with highly mobile shore to ship missiles which have long been said able to sink any ship including a carrier, didn’t China have a system called the Sunburst, among several others, that accomplished that, and Iran must have a few of those by now. I dunno, I am no Andrei Martynov, whom I would love to hear pontificate on those possibilities, but Putin has been speaking much more bluntly lately on the ‘theft’ of resources by the US from Syria and that this must stop. So, perhaps he has some strategy in mind.
I just found this on
Looks important and likely in Russian. Please consider for posting with transcript if possible. Thanks.
Putin attends plenary session of ‘Strong Ideas for a New Time’ forum
Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking part in the plenary session of the Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI) forum, ‘Strong Ideas for a New Time’, in Moscow. During the session, the president will be shown the projects that have received the highest assessment from experts. The proposals have been divided into three categories – technology, social partnership and entrepreneurship
Thank you Soleii!
I’m catching the end of it live now. Lavrov also had a very good interview with RT and Sputnik which I caught live, and I’m also waiting for that one to become available. Sure, we will post them, either transcript or video although many people cannot see video from Russia.
It sure is a big news day on the Russian front :-)
Here is some detail on Putin’s meeting with Ayatollah Khamenei.
I am not even going to try to give a few quotes, as the whole is worth quoting.
The only change of Astana statement from 2015 to this one now in 2022, is the stated combined condemnation of random Israeli attack’s. Would appear that Russia’s tolerance of this is finished, on agreement with Syria & Iran. All the other point by points have little altered since 2015. Would also appear Turkey has agreed to not arbitrarily attack Kurds. The conflict continues frozen and at stalemate, I’m not seeing anything that will change. There may have been private action agreements, but this whole public statement says squat.
“12. Condemned Israeli military attacks in Syria”
I find it interesting that Russia condemns Israeli attacks. My, limited, understanding is that Russia has in fact been tolerating attacks on Syria by Israel and in reality could stop them using diplomatic/military means. The relationship between Russia and Israel is not clear to me.
“diplomatic”?! “israel”? How could you possibly believe diplomacy would work with “israel”?
“Reaffirmed their conviction that there could be no military solution to the Syrian conflict…” and yet, it looks to me like they are planning to force the US out, finally. And maybe also force Israel out of Golan. That will necessitate a military solution if the US and Israel don’t comply (which they won’t) – the deNazification of Syria and a chance for peace and sovereignty.
“There could be no military solution to the Syrian conflict…” applies to the resolution between the fighting faction of Syrian rebels and the Syrian Army. The laying down of arms and amnesty for the rebels is one way to peaceful co-existence and unity.
To stop or drive US and Israel out of Syria is by necessity, ultimately, by force militarily. The constant bombing of Syria provinces, killing Syrian soldiers and even civilians, and destroying military hardware; and the theft of oil and wheat by the US have gone long enough. The time may be ripe to settle the scores by SAA and its friends. No contradiction at all!