Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin during a meeting to discuss situation in Syria. (Photo Credit: Mikhail Metzel/TASS)

Izvestia: Leaders of Russia and Turkey reach deal on Idlib ceasefire
During the six-hour talks, Moscow and Ankara agreed on introducing a ceasefire in Idlib. In addition, the parties decided to create a security corridor near the strategically important M4 highway – this area will be patrolled by Russian and Turkish forces. Experts interviewed by Izvestia believe that the negotiations will contribute to the normalization of the situation in the region.

Kommersant: Russia’s senior diplomat sees future for Non-Proliferation Treaty
One of the most important security agreements, the Non-Proliferation Treaty, celebrates its 50th anniversary. At the end of April, representatives of 191 member states of the treaty will gather in New York to assess its implementation. Meanwhile, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov believes that the situation around the Treaty is “extremely difficult”. At the same time he is certain that Russia has ideas on how to prevent its failure, he said in an interview with Kommersant.

“Sharp clashes, disputes are inevitable here. Under these conditions, the chances of adopting a meaningful outcome document are probably not very high,” Ryabkov said about the upcoming conference. “However, the Russian delegation, as always, will work on positive results. Let me remind you that during the last such event, we were one step away from approving the final document. At the time, Russia confirmed its readiness to join the consensus, but due to well-known circumstances, primarily topics related to the zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, this did not work,” he added.

According to the diplomat, Russia is working on the permanent members of the UN Security Council (the United Kingdom, China, Russia, the United States and France) accepting a joint statement on the inadmissibility of nuclear war, despite the United States not responding to Russia’s proposal to do so in a bilateral format. “It is too early to say whether it will be possible to reach an acceptable result for all five participants. Unfortunately, there are signs that some capitals do not mind blurring this formula,” he told the newspaper.