Putin and Erdogan agree on demilitarized zone in Idlib

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At 15 October there will be in the Syrian region of Idlib a demilitarized zone. That has Russian president Vladimir Putin declared, after a meeting with his Turkish colleague Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The armed militants of all the opposition groups to the zone by 10 October to leave, according to Putin, who for more than four hours has samengezeten with Erdogan in the Southern Russian city of Sochi.

The demilitarized zone – there is talk about a zone of 15 to 25 miles – will be monitored by Russian and Turkish agents of the military police. Or the city of Idlib itself within the zone is unclear.

According to the Russian president means the agreement a ‘serious solution’, in which ‘progress can be to find a solution for the problem”.

“I am convinced that we in this agreement is to avoid that there is a humanitarian disaster unfolding in Idlib’, declared Erdodan again. ‘Russia will take the necessary measures to ensure that there is no attack takes place in the the-escalatiezone of Idlib.’

Idlib is the latest rebellenbastion in Syria, that for 60 percent controlled by the jihadist group, Tahrir al-Cham. The government of president Bashar al-Assad carries out a major offensive against the region. The UN have already warned of a humanitarian disaster as if a decisive battle for Idlib.

The chances of this happening is by this Russian-Turkish agreement is smaller.

Russia is the most loyal ally of the regime of president Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey is the so-called moderate rebels supports. Ankara is opposed to a military offensive on Idlib.

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