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10/22, 10:00 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Erdogan: Ceasefire deal promises not fulfilled

As the ceasefire agreement brokered by the United States expired on Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that promises made within the agreement were not fulfilled, claiming that the People's Protection Units (YPG) failed to withdraw from the area. The Turkish leader also acknowledged that Ankara now stands ready to take next steps.

"The promises were not fulfilled," Erdogan stressed. "We will take the results, we will take the steps we need to take. If we make concessions, we will pave the way for a terrorist organization," the Turkish leader underlined.

A new deal will come into force on midnight, October 23, hammered out earlier by Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during a seven-hour meeting in Sochi. The deal foresees the establishment of a 30-kilometer wide safe zone along the Syria-Turkey border, which will be jointly patrolled by Russian and Turkish forces.

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