Turkey is working to reach cease-fire in Syria’s Idlib

The vehicles of US-backed forces are pictured near the village of Susah in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, near the Syrian border with Iraq on September 13, 2018. (File/AFP)
Updated 14 September 2018
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Turkey is working to reach cease-fire in Syria’s Idlib

  • Turkey is working to achieve a cease-fire in Syria’s rebel-held northwest
  • Erdogan met with the leaders of Iran and Russia last week in Tehran to discuss Syria

ISTANBUL: Turkey is working to achieve a cease-fire in Syria’s rebel-held northwest and is ready for cooperation to fight terrorist groups in the Idlib area, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.
Speaking at a joint news conference with his Pakistani counterpart, Cavusoglu said Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the topic of Syria on Monday.
Erdogan met with the leaders of Iran and Russia last week in Tehran to discuss Syria, but failed to win a cease-fire pledge.


Putin and Erdogan in Turkey to mark key phase in pipeline

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Putin and Erdogan in Turkey to mark key phase in pipeline

  • The two leaders are marking the completion of the offshore part of TurkStream’s two lines
  • Turkey relies on imports for its energy needs and Russia is its top supplier for natural gas

ISTANBUL: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are in Istanbul to mark the completion of a key phase in a natural gas pipeline.
The two leaders on Monday are marking the completion of the offshore part of TurkStream’s two lines that will carry natural gas from Russia to Turkey.
The lines when finished are expected to supply Russian gas to European markets through Turkish territories. Together the two 930-kilometer (578-mile) lines via the Black Sea will carry 31.5 billion cubic meters (1.1 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas annually.
Turkey relies on imports for its energy needs and Russia is its top supplier for natural gas. It bought 28 billion cubic meters last year. That gas is currently transported through another line under the Black Sea and the onshore West Line through Ukraine, which is mired in conflict with Russia.