Russia, Iran and Turkey to Hold Syria Talks in Moscow on Tuesday

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks with Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov on October 10, 2014 during the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) leaders summit in Minsk. AFP PHOTO / POOL / ALEKSEY NIKOLSKY (Photo credit should read ALEKSEY NIKOLSKYI/AFP/Getty Images)

(REUTERS) – The foreign and defense ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey will discuss the future of Syria and the city of Aleppo at talks in Moscow on Tuesday, Turkish and Russian officials said.

“(The meeting) will be to understand the views of all three sides, laying out where we all stand and discuss where we go from here,” an official from Turkey’s foreign ministry told international media in Istanbul on Monday.

“It is not a miracle meeting, but will give all sides a chance to listen to each other,” the official said. All three countries have emerged as important players in Syria, with Iran and Russia strongly backing President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey, a NATO member, would like to see him step down.

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