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Russia: Moscow and Ankara agree on Syria ‘safe-zone’

Russian Federation, Sochi
October 22, 2019 at 18:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to establish "a safe-zone" in north-eastern Syria and conduct joint patrols in the area, speaking at a joint press conference after extensive talks in Sochi on Tuesday.

The two leaders signed a memorandum of understanding stating that Kurdish forces must withdraw from the zone within 150 hours, starting from Wednesday, October 23.

Turkey's 'Operation Peace Spring' in north-eastern Syria will continue in a limited area, between the towns of Tell Abyad and Ras al-Ayn, some 32 kilometres (20 miles) inside Syrian territory, according to the agreement.

Putin and Erdogan also discussed the need to further help Syrian refugees return to their homeland.

The Russian leader called for the United Nations "to actively provide humanitarian assistance to all returning Syrians without discrimination, politicisation and preconditions," while Erdogan stated that around one million Syrians would be placed in the "territories that will be cleared".

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to establish "a safe-zone" in north-eastern Syria and conduct joint patrols in the area, speaking at a joint press conference after extensive talks in Sochi on Tuesday.

The two leaders signed a memorandum of understanding stating that Kurdish forces must withdraw from the zone within 150 hours, starting from Wednesday, October 23.

Turkey's 'Operation Peace Spring' in north-eastern Syria will continue in a limited area, between the towns of Tell Abyad and Ras al-Ayn, some 32 kilometres (20 miles) inside Syrian territory, according to the agreement.

Putin and Erdogan also discussed the need to further help Syrian refugees return to their homeland.

The Russian leader called for the United Nations "to actively provide humanitarian assistance to all returning Syrians without discrimination, politicisation and preconditions," while Erdogan stated that around one million Syrians would be placed in the "territories that will be cleared".

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