While the former director of the CIA and now US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tried in Warsaw (Poland) to rally NATO, Israel and Arab countries into the “fight” against the Islamic Republic of Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a counter-summit.
On February 14, 2019, he invited Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for a tripartite meeting dedicated to the Astana process aimed at “facilitating the Syrian peace settlement”.
President Putin thanked Iran for its contribution and underlined the “hard work in a coordinated manner” carried out by Moscow and Tehran whose bilateral trade relations grew by 7.5 percent to $ 1.5 billion on the first eleven months of the year 2018. Iranian imports from Russia would have jumped by 40 percent in the same interval.
Regarding Turkey, another major player in the region, Vladimir Putin reminded Erdogan that they came a long way and that not all the goals have been achieved.