Erdogan hails ‘historic agreement’ with Putin over Syria

Erdogan hails ‘historic agreement’ with Putin over Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan give a joint press conference following their talks in the Black sea resort of Sochi. (AFP)
Updated 23 October 2019

Erdogan hails ‘historic agreement’ with Putin over Syria

Erdogan hails ‘historic agreement’ with Putin over Syria
  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan: According to this agreement, Turkey and Russia will not allow any separatist agenda on Syrian territory
  • Erdogan also announced a 150-hour deadline beginning on Wednesday for Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters and their weapons to be moved back 30 kilometers from the Turkish border

SOCHI, Russia: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hailed “a historic agreement” with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after hours of talks between the two leaders over the conflict in Syria.
“According to this agreement, Turkey and Russia will not allow any separatist agenda on Syrian territory,” Erdogan said, addressing reporters alongside Putin after the talks in the Russian city of Sochi.
Erdogan also announced a 150-hour deadline beginning on Wednesday for Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters and their weapons to be moved back 30 kilometers from the Turkish border.
“Within 150 hours starting at 1200 noon on October 23, YPG terrorists and their weapons will be removed to the depth of 30 kilometers and their ... positions will be destroyed,” Erdogan said.
He added that after the deadline, Turkish and Russian joint patrols would start in two zones stretching 10 km to the east and west of the area of Turkey’s current Operation Peace Spring.
“All YPG terrorists in Tal Firat and Manbij will be removed outside this region, together with their weaponry,” he said.
Erdogan also said both countries would take necessary measures against “terrorist infiltrations” and create a “joint mechanism” to coordinate the agreement.