1. Syria talks in Sochi, Russia. The meeting was the first between the leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran since U.S. President Donald Trump announced in December that he'll pull troops out of Syria. The Sochi peace talks are part of the Astana process, which has gradually come to eclipse a UN-sponsored negotiations framework known as the Geneva process.
2. In Sochi, Russian president Vladimir Putin pushed back against Turkey's demand for a buffer zone inside northern Syria to counter U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in the region. Russia and Iran instead stressed the need for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government to have control over the territory, Reuters reported.
3. Turkey remains a key trade partner with Syria. The value and flows of trade between Syria and Turkey remained unchanged last year, The Syria Report said, looking at Turkish official statistics. In 2011, Turkey announced wide-ranging economic and financial sanctions against Syria on in response to the Syrian government's continuing military crackdown on protests.