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Turkey, Russia agree on borders of Idlib disarmament zone
Last Updated: 2018-09-22 08:02 | Xinhua
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Turkey and Russia agreed on the borders of a disarmament zone in Syria's Idlib province following a three-day meeting, Turkish Defense Ministry announced on Friday.

The ministry said in a statement that it held an meeting with the Russian delegation in Ankara on Sept. 19-21 to discuss the implementation of the Sochi agreement for Idlib.

"During the meetings, the borders of the disarmament zone were determined after considering the geographical structure and settlements in Idlib," it added.

Meanwhile, Turkish and Russian security and intelligence officials are working together on a roadmap planned within the Sochi deal on Idlib, Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said Friday.

They are seeking an solution to separate radical militants from the moderate opposition and withdraw these groups from the disarmament zone, he said.

Turkey will continue taking necessary steps on reinforcing the 12 observation points in Idlib, Kalin stressed.

Turkey and Russia stroke a deal on Monday to establish a disarmament zone in Syria's northwestern Idlib province following a meeting in Sochi between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

The memorandum of understanding will see the creation of a buffer zone some 15-20 kilometers deep around the frontlines of Idlib, patrolled by Russian and Turkish troops. Radical rebel groups who currently occupy those areas will be forced to withdraw by October 15.

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Turkey, Russia agree on borders of Idlib disarmament zone
Source:Xinhua | 2018-09-22 08:02
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