10/22, 7:04 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Turkey, Russia sign deal on Syrian safe zone

Turkey and Russia signed a memorandum of understanding on the Syrian safe zone, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced following a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two countries agreed to create a 30 kilometer-wide safe zone in Syria from the Turkish border Starting from midnight on October 23, the area will host Syrian and Russian military police which will be tasked with making sure no Kurdish YPG forces are in the area within 150 hours by the end of which all Kurdish troops will be expected to leave the region.

Both Turkey and Russia will patrol a 10 kilometer wide strip from its border, according to the deal. The two countries also agreed that Syrian sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected at all times and that Turkish national security must be guaranteed. The agreement goes on to say Russia and Turkey have to goal of preventing any military infiltration into the safe zone and committed to efforts to allow refugees to return to the area. Putin and Erdogan also stressed their commitment to a political solution to the situation in Syria.

Turkey's deal with Russia comes just after Ankara made a 120-hour safe zone deal with the United States which expired on October 22 at 7 pm GMT.

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