Russian, Turkish, Syrian, Iranian defense ministers hold talks in Moscow

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu held talks with the defense ministers of Turkey, Syria and Iran on Tuesday as part of closely-watched negotiations in Moscow aimed at normalizing ties between Ankara and Damascus.

In a readout published after the meeting, Russia's defense ministry said all four countries had reaffirmed their "desire to preserve Syria's territorial integrity and the need to intensify efforts for the speedy return of Syrian refugees to their homeland."

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