Turkey proposes to Russia new Syria plan report

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While Erdogan and Putin agreed to disagree on Syria during their talks this month, Putin has said that Russia’s leaders were not “inveterate defenders” of the current regime in Syria.

Ankara, which has been tightlipped on the new proposal, is seeking to deprive Assad of Russian and Iranian support, according to the Radikal newspaper.

The plan is likely to be turned down by Assad but it might change the course of the 21-month conflict due to the international community’s support, Radikal said, noting that the United States, Egypt, Qatar, Russia and the United Nations have been debating the Ankara-led proposal over the past 10 days.

During a visit to Turkey on December 7, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said that he has “taken note” of the Istanbul summit where Putin and Erdogan discussed “new ideas” on how to respond to the Syrian crisis.

Ban told reporters in Ankara that he hoped that the new strategies would be very closely coordinated with UN peace envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, so that there would be a consensus of views among the international community.

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