Russian-Turkish patrols will be deployed in north-eastern Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reported on Tuesday, October 22, on a “historic agreement” on Syria reached at a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia.
“Today, with Mr. Putin, we reached a historic agreement on the fight against terrorism, the territorial integrity and political unity of Syria and the return of refugees,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a press conference.
According to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the agreement with Vlaidmir Putin, an ally of the Damascus regime, focuses on areas in northeastern Syria where YPG Kurdish forces are present but where the Turkish offensive was not extended before its suspension.
Following marathon negotiations, Russian diplomatic chief Sergei Lavrov announced that Russia and Turkey would launch joint patrols in north-eastern Syria after the disarmament of Kurdish militias in the region.
“These decisions are, in my opinion, very important, even decisive, and will make it possible to resolve a very tense situation,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said alongside his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on this mechanism to prevent the resumption of the Turkish military operation in north-eastern Syria against Kurdish armed groups.
Turkey, which is calling for a “security zone” on its border, has launched a military operation against the Kurdish militia of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), described as “terrorist” by Ankara but supported by Western countries against the jihadist organisation Islamic State (EI).
This offensive has been suspended since Thursday, thanks to a fragile truce negotiated between Turks and Americans. But this break expires at 19:00 GMT on Tuesday (21:00 Paris time). After that, in the absence of a withdrawal of Kurdish militiamen, Turkey will redouble its assault.