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Turkish, Russian military chiefs discuss Syria on phone

Top generals discuss security situation, daily developments in Syria, says Turkish sources

Jeyhun Aliyev   | 25.10.2019
Turkish, Russian military chiefs discuss Syria on phone

ANKARA

Turkish and Russian military chiefs had a phone call to discuss the security situation in Syria, according to the Turkish Armed Forces on Friday.

Turkey’s Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Guler and his Russian counterpart Gen. Valery Gerasimov also discussed daily developments in Syria, the Turkish Armed Forces said on Twitter.

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 deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.

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