9/17/2018, 6:31 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Putin, Erdogan agree to establish demilitarized zone in Idlib

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed during a meeting in Sochi on Monday that a demilitarized zone will be created in Syria's Idlib province, between the armed rebels and Syrian government troops. Both statesmen stressed that the two countries will continue fighting terrorism in Syria, with Erdogan highlighting the necessity of jointly "clearing the radical elements" throughout the country. Earlier today, ahead of the meeting, Turkish President confirmed that his country's troops were strengthening positions in the province of Idlib.

Putin stated that both Russia and Turkey will continue to utilize the so-called Astana format for the resolution of the Syrian crisis, together with the constitutional committee to be launched in the "nearest future."

On the other hand, Erdogan singled out the Kurdish-dominated militia (YPG) as a "source of destabilization" in the region, and accused the group of conducting "ethnic cleansing."

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