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After meeting with Erdogan, Putin vouches for Kurdish withdrawal in northeastern Syria

2019-10-22T19:39:40.272Z

After a meeting in Sochi, the Russian and Turkish presidents announced Tuesday the establishment of joint patrols in northeastern Syria, after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters present ...



In Sochi, on the shores of the Black Sea, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan finally agreed on Tuesday, October 22, after six hours of negotiations. Russia and Turkey to launch joint patrols in northeastern Syria following the disarmament of Kurdish militias in the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after a marathon meeting .

"These decisions are, in my opinion, very important, even decisive, and will make it possible to resolve a very tense situation," Russian President Vladimir Putin, along with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said about this mechanism aimed at preventing a recovery. Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria against Kurdish armed groups. The Russian Foreign Minister said the Russian-Syrian forces would "facilitate" the withdrawal of Kurdish forces from northern Syria.

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"Today, with Vladimir Putin, we have reached a historic agreement for the fight against terrorism, territorial integrity and political unity of Syria as well as for the return of refugees," welcomed his side Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The threat of a resumption of the Turkish offensive still looms large

The Russian president on Tuesday received his Turkish counterpart for talks on northeastern Syria, as Ankara threatens to resume its offensive against Kurdish fighters after a few days of truce.

Meanwhile, Kurdish fighters reported Tuesday to the US administration to have completely withdrawn from the security zone wanted by Turkey in northern Syria, before the expiration of a truce negotiated by the United States with Ankara , according to a US official.

With AFP and Reuters

Source: france24

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