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Ankara- Ankara and Tehran’s announcement on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visiting the Turkish capital on Friday raised even more speculation of a Russian-Turkish-Iranian tripartite alliance surfacing. Zarif is expected to be discussing bilateral ties shared among the two countries.

The theory of an alliance being forged was first fired up when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin a visit in Saint Petersburg, washing away months of piling tensions, and resolving to a set of decisions on Russian-Turkish cooperation in Syria.

Many Russian blocs had promoted the makings of such an alliance concerning the Syria crisis after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani made a call to Erdogan last July. In the phone call Erdogan expressed anticipation towards cooperation and coordination with Iran in Syria.

On Thursday, the first session of Russian-Turkish mechanism for coordination was held in Saint Petersburg, after being approved by the earlier Erdogan-Putin summit.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, said that his country is open and prepared to look into a military offensive launched in cooperation with Russia against ISIS.

Ankara wants Moscow deal with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan along with its arms division the People’s Protection Units, anchored in northern Syria. Turkey considers the Kurdish movement terror-centered and no different than ISIS.

Turkish Ambassador to Russia Umit Yardim hinted that some waivers concerning the Turkish stance on Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria might be given away by Ankara.

Turkish media outlets cited the ambassador as saying that Ankara is in the process of considering sharing the platform of peace talks with the Assad regime.

The development of the Russian-Turkish relations poses no threat to the West. Boosting dialogue for the sake of peace and stability should be a response to speculations on the issue, Turkish Ambassador to Russia, Umit Yardim, told a news conference on Thursday.

“Our relations with Russia pose no threat to anyone else, our relations are valuable as such,” the ambassador said.

“We have always said that it is necessary to develop relations. We have never evaluated them in terms of the risks for the West.”

“The Western media say that this dialogue will allegedly imply a lot of negative things for the West,” he said.

“The development of our relations will be the best answer to these speculations. Our aim is consolidating peace and stability.”