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Russia vows to respect rights of all under Syria deal

Russian foreign minister says his country to protect rights of all parties under recent agreement with Turkey on Syria

Elena Teslova   | 25.10.2019
Russia vows to respect rights of all under Syria deal

MOSCOW

Russia on Friday vowed to protect rights of all parties under the recent agreement signed with Turkey on Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov rejected the German Defense Ministry’s proposal that Berlin should use its position as a nonpermanent member of the UN Security Council to create a basis for internationally controlled security zone on the basis of existing UN resolution.

"There is no need to mess with success, there are Russian-Turkish agreements supported by Damascus, the Kurds, they must be implemented," Lavrov said.

On Oct. 9, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a meeting in Russia's Black Sea resort town of Sochi.

Ankara and Moscow reached a deal under which YPG/PKK terrorists will pull back 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of Turkey’s border with northern Syria within 150 hours, and security forces from Turkey and Russia will conduct joint patrols there.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union -- has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.

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