Putin and Erdogan reach a cease-fire in northern Syria


Source: Dubai – Arabic.net

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced, following their summit in Moscow today, an agreement on A cease-fire in northern Syria From midnight tonight.

Erdogan said that the cease-fire in the Idlib area would come into effect in the middle of the night, and that Turkey would work with Russia to make it permanent.

Erdogan added, he is standing next to Putin after Hours of talks in MoscowTurkey reserves the right to respond to any attacks by the Syrian regime forces in the region. Erdogan considered that “cooperation with Russia was unprecedented and allowed to overcome the great differences over Idlib.”

Erdogan accused the Syrian regime Violating the Sochi Agreement Concluded between Russia and Turkey, stressing that “tragic events occurred due to the attacks of the regime forces near Idlib.”

He added that “the Syrian regime seeks to place Turkey in an unenviable position.”

In another context, Erdogan stressed that Turkey will facilitate the process of returning refugees to their areas in Idlib.

Putin: We do not always agree with the Turks

In turn, Putin said he had agreed with Erdogan on a formula he hoped would lead to a moratorium Military operations in Idlib governorate. Putin added that his talks with Erdogan lasted for more than six hours.

“We do not always agree with the Turks on Syria, but our high-level relations with Turkey have allowed us to bridge differences over Idlib,” Putin said.

He added, “The intensive work with the Turks ended with positive results on Idlib. We signed a joint document with Erdogan to stop the hostilities in Idlib.”

Putin also considered that “anti-terror efforts in Idlib should not be weakened,” adding: “We have always informed our Turkish partners of armed attacks on our forces near Idlib.”

Putin also expressed his hope that the agreement concluded with Turkey today would end the suffering of civilians and help contain a humanitarian crisis.

Terms of the agreement

For their part, the Russian and Turkish foreign ministers announced the terms of the agreement on Idlib.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Putin and Erdogan agreed today, Thursday, to establish a safe passage of 6 km on the “M4” road in Idlib, which constitutes a strategic hub crossing the Idlib region.

A joint statement read by the foreign ministers of the two countries said that they would secure a corridor that would extend six kilometers to the north and six kilometers to the south of the M4 highway. They said that the defense ministers of Turkey and Russia will agree on the specific parameters for the safe passage within seven days.

The agreement also includes conducting joint Russian-Turkish patrols on the M4 road that crosses from Idlib, starting on March 15th.

According to the terms of the agreement, “all hostilities on the contact line in Idlib” will be halted by midnight today.

The agreement also stresses the need to “end the Syrian crisis with a Syrian-led political process.”

For his part, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavishoglu recognized “the existence of a number of terrorist organizations in northern Syria.”


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