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Putin and Erdogan summit: agreement on the conduct of Russian-Turkish patrols in northeastern Syria

2019-10-22T18:42:28.753Z

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that Russia and Turkey will conduct joint patrols in northeastern Syria after disarming Kurdish fighters in the region. Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a press conference in the Russian city of Sochi along with his Russian counterpart.



Russia and Turkey will conduct joint patrols in northeastern Syria after disarming Kurdish fighters in the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday.

For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin, standing at a press conference in the Russian city of Sochi along with his Russian counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on this mechanism, which will prevent the resumption of Turkish military operation in northeast Syria against Kurdish fighters that «these decisions, in my opinion, very important "It is crucial, and it will allow a very tense situation to be resolved."

Russian President Vladimir called for a dialogue between Turkey and Syria to resolve the conflict in northern Syria.

Following negotiations with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which lasted for more than six hours, Putin said in Russia today that stability in Syria can only be achieved when ensuring the territorial integrity of the country.

Putin demanded the withdrawal of foreign troops in Syria without permission from the government in Damascus.

For his part, the Turkish president announced a "historic agreement" on Syria with his Russian counterpart Putin at the end of their meeting in Sochi, Russia.
"Today we reached a historic agreement with Putin on fighting terrorism, preserving the territorial integrity and political unity of Syria, and on the return of refugees," Erdogan told the news conference.

Erdogan said the deal with Putin specifically covered areas in northeastern Syria where Kurdish forces are present, but the Turkish offensive had not been included in the suspension of military operations.

Erdogan said that for the border strip extending east and west of this region, Kurdish forces must withdraw from them "within a period of 150 hours starting from October 23 and that the withdrawal to be a depth of 30 kilometers and with their weapons."

Erdogan also said that "the fortifications of this organization and its locations will be destroyed."

"By the end of the 150-hour deadline, Turkish and Russian patrols will begin operating at a depth of 10 kilometers west and east of the area of ​​peace operations," he said.

Source: emara

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