VLADIMIR Putin, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron have arrived to Istanbul for a four-way summit with Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a bid to find a political resolution to the conflict in Syria.
The four leaders pledged to sit at a negotiating table to find a lasting political solution to the Syrian civil war that has been ravaving the country for seven years.
The conflict, which has killed more than 360,000 people since 2011, sees rebel factions, supported by Turkey, fighting against the Russia-backed regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Turkey and Russia had previously discussed a possible solution without a successful outcome.
Today's meeting marks the first-ever summit gathering Mr Putin and Mr Erdogan in the same room with the two most influential leaders of the European Union, Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel.