Turkey announced on Friday the start of Turkish-Russian patrols in Idlib province, northwest of Syria, the last stronghold of armed groups west of the Euphrates.
“The Russian forces will begin patrols in the area outside the Idlib border and the Turkish forces in the demilitarized zone on Friday,” Turkish Defense Minister Khulosi Akkar said in remarks to the official Anatolia news agency. cease-fire”.
“We continue our cooperation with Russia in Idlib, especially in the matter of separating moderate opposition from extremism,” Akar said. “Today, the restrictions on flying over Idlib and Afrin were lifted in the northwestern province of Aleppo, .
“People’s protection units should be kept within 30-40 kilometers of our borders so as not to be attacked by Syrian territory,” he said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would establish a “safe zone” in northern Syria, adding that US President Donald Trump had proposed to him a 20-mile safe zone, including a safe zone on Turkey’s border.
Turkey has threatened to launch an operation in eastern Euphrates, as well as in Manbaj, Syria, against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units, one of the factions of Ked, which Ankara classifies as a terrorist entity if the United States does not withdraw from there. Later, Erdogan decided to postpone the military operation after Washington announced the withdrawal of its troops from Syria.
Following the talks between Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi on September 17, the two countries’ defense ministers signed a memorandum on the stability of the situation in the area of reducing the escalation in Idlib. The two countries agreed to establish a demilitarized zone along the separation line between the armed opposition and the government forces at a depth of 15 to 20 kilometers with the withdrawal of extremist militants. Heavy weapons would then be withdrawn from the area, particularly all tanks, rocket launchers and artillery from all opposition factions.
Source: News Agencies