Iran-Russia-Turkey meetings in Iran aim to reshape region - analysis

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Iran-Russia-Turkey meetings in Iran aim to reshape region - analysis
Russia is at war in Ukraine and Turkey is demanding a new invasion of Syria. Meanwhile, Iran wants the US to leave Syria – and use it to threaten Israel.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
Published: JULY 20, 2022

The series of meetings held this week in Iran among the presidents of Iran, Turkey and Russia are of great importance for the region. They were held as part of the Astana Process regarding Syria, but this meeting took place during a unique time. Russia is at war with Ukraine, and Turkey is demanding a new invasion of Syria. Meanwhile, Iran wants the US to leave Syria, so they can use it to threaten Israel.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit was watched closely by local media. Because Russia is in the midst of a war in Ukraine, it was not necessary for Putin to attend these meetings. The fact that he chose to go shows how much he values Iran as well as Turkey.

Putin appeared hurried in his meetings. He is on video pacing, waiting for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Whether Erdogan being late to the meeting was intentional is unclear, but it appears to be a signal that Turkey now holds more cards than Russia.

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