The Sykes-Picot Agreement was a secret agreement between the United Kingdom, France and the Russian Empire which defined the anticipated spheres of influence of the three powers in southwestern Asia. Basically, it was an agreement that laid down what region would go to which power, in case the Triple Entente (UK, France and Russia) defeats the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. The negotiation for the treaty occurred between November 1915 and March 1916. Officially known as the Asia Minor Agreement, the accord was signed on May 16, 1916. This is an important agreement and talked about even today when the region is discussed along with the many conflicts there. This deal, which was done in secret, was exposed to the public by various newspapers like Pravda, Izvestia and the Guardian in 1917.