At a three-way summit in Moscow, the Russian, Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers discussed the situation in Syria and reaffirmed their commitment to resolving the crisis with a diplomatic solution.


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The foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey met in Moscow on Saturday to discuss the future of Syria. The officials agreed that the peace talks between the rebel forces and the Syrian government should continue despite the recent U.S.-led attack in Syria.

“The only possible solution for Syria is a diplomatic one,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said. “Every military solution in Syria will be illegal and unacceptable.” Cavusoglu added that the three states need to work together to help the Syrian people resolve the crisis in their country.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Ankara, Moscow and Tehran need to help rid Syria of terrorists. Earlier this week, Russian officials told the Kommersant paper that Moscow intends to provide Syria with an S-300 anti-aircraft defense system. Speaking to Ynet, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman responded to the report, saying that Israel is ready to defend itself against any Russian defense system in Syria.

“I want to make one thing clear – if someone targets our planes, we will destroy them. We do not interfere in Syria’s internal affairs, but on the other hand, we cannot allow Iran to [use] smart military systems aimed at Israel. If anyone aims at us, we will respond. It does not matter if it is an S-300 or S-700 or anything else,” Lieberman was quoted as saying.