Putin to Take Part in Turkey Summit on Return of Syrian Refugees to Syria

Russian president also to meet U.S National Security Adviser Bolton this month, Kremlin announces

Syrian refugee women walk in Elbeyli refugee camp near the Turkish-Syrian border in Kilis province, Turkey, December 1, 2016
\ UMIT BEKTAS/ REUTERS

Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss conditions for the return of refugees to Syria at a summit next week in Istanbul of the leaders of Russia, Turkey, France and Germany, the Interfax news agency cited the Kremlin as saying on Friday.

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Also Friday, the Kremlin said Putin plans to meet U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton when he visits Moscow on Oct. 22-23, the RIA news agency reported.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying: "We are preparing a meeting with president Putin and we expect that the meeting will take place."

Bolton is also expected to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev. 

Putin also plans to discuss the reconstruction of infrastructure in Syria at the summit on Oct. 2, the Kremlin was cited as saying.

Turkey has invested significant resources in alleviating the suffering for millions of Syrians who have left their homes since the beginning of the civil war in 2011.

The country has let in over 3.6 million Syrians since the outbreak of the Syria conflict but its admission policies have gradually become more restrictive since 2015, and authorities have begun encouraging the return to Syria.