Russian and Turkish defence ministers meet in Sochi

Moscow, Nov 20 (UNI) Defence ministers of Turkey and Russia met at Russia’s coastal city of Sochi and discussed about current situation in Syria’s Idlib on Tuesday.

Russian defence ministry said ” Hulusi Akar and Sergey Shoygu examined the actions needed to be performed to “close all the remaining issues in Idlib”.

“The current situation in Syria requires our immediate solution and discussion of the pending issues,” it said, Anadolu Agency reported.

Turkey’s head of National Intelligence Service (MIT) Hakan Fidan was also present at the meeting, according to Turkish defense sources.

On Sept. 17, Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to establish a demilitarized zone in Idlib.

Ankara and Moscow also signed a memorandum of understanding calling for the “stabilization” of Idlib’s de-escalation zone, in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

Under the deal, opposition groups in Idlib will remain in areas in which they are already present, while Russia and Turkey will conduct joint patrols in the area with a view to preventing renewed fighting. 

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