Russian, Iranian and Turkish foreign ministers on Saturday talked about their success in brokering a political solution to the Syrian conflict at Moscow
Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov said: "Help the Syrians finish cleansing their country of terrorists."
The ministers emphasized the success of their peace talks in Astana, which are said to be "firmly on their feet."
The Russian diplomat praised the "unique" alliance between Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad's key supporters, Moscow and Tehran, and rebel -backer Ankara.
"Thanks to it, the situation on the battlefield with the Islamic State Group and the Al-Nusra Front," he said, as jihadists have lost most of the te rritory they are controlled in Syria.
The conflict in Syria has lasted since 2011 and killed more than 350,000 people. Both Russia and Iran have deployed forces to Syria to back up Assad against anti-government rebels.
Critics of the Astana talks are "trying to show that they are all over the world." "Lavrov said."
Damascus after it is blocked by UN sanctuary aid in Eastern Ghouta, saying Moscow is calling for "flexible."
The Russian foreign minister earlier held Separate bilateral talks with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and Iran's Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attaches to the Turkish counterpart ] – 'Crack in the alliance' –
Yet the latest talks in Moscow came as the alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7 has prompted sharply differin g responses from Turkey and Russia.
"I curse those who carried out this massacre," Erdogan said, welcoming western air strikes in retaliation as "appropriate."
Meanwhile Russia says the attack was staged to discredit Assad.
19659016] Iran and Russia on Saturday slammed Western strikes on Syria over the alleged chlorine or sarin gas attack.
Lavrov said they "set back efforts to promote the political process" and Zarif criticized Washington's "destructive role."
French President Emmanuel Macron this month suggested the Ankara and Moscow, an angry denial from Cavusoglu.
Alexander Shumilin, a Middle East expert at Moscow's Institute for US and Canadian Studies, said Douma fallout had "caused a crack in the alliance of three countries."
Alexey Malashenko, a specialist in the Syria conflict, said the trio have a "very shaky alliance and there's no way they can reach an ag Nevertheless, the limited nature of US led strikes suggests the "peak of tensions has passed", he said.
The next Syria talks in Astana are set for May 14.
19659023] Eight rounds of United Nations auspices in Geneva have made little headway, with Assad's government taking little interest.
Ankara has called for Assad's removal in the past, but has been working with Moscow and Tehran in recent months
In January, Russia held a showpiece conference in the Black Sea resort of Sochi with largely pro-regime delegates, which saw boycotts by rebels and made little progress.
Lavrov on Saturday said it achieved "breakthrough results," however.
Putin hosted a summit on Syria with the Iranian and Turkish presidents in November. They have met again in Ankara this month.
The alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma has prompted sharply differing responses from Turkey and Russia