OREANDA-NEWS  The Turkish TV channel NTV reported that the meeting of the delegations of Russia, Turkey, Iran and Syria on the Syrian settlement in Moscow scheduled for Thursday was postponed for technical reasons.

Earlier, the Turkish TV channel TRT Haber reported that the meeting will be held in Moscow on March 15-16. Later, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that there is hope that a meeting at the level of deputy ministers will take place in Moscow this week. "The meeting that was planned today has been postponed for technical reasons. The new date is not yet known," the TV channel reported, citing its own sources familiar with the situation. In December, the first talks between the defense ministers of Turkey and Syria in 11 years took place in Russia. In 2011, a civil war broke out in Syria. Turkey, which had maintained close relations with Damascus before this conflict, sided with the opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Since then, Turkey's relations with Syria have remained difficult. However, recently both sides, as well as some media, have started talking about the possibility of gradual normalization.

A meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Russian Federation, Syria and Turkey was planned to resolve differences between Ankara and Damascus. In January, Ankara assumed that such a meeting could take place in early February. Later, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan admitted that Iran could join the planned talks between Turkey, Russia and Syria at the highest level.