CNN World News Actuality By Claire Evren-Following talks in Ankara, the Turkish and Russian presidents said they agreed to closely cooperate on ending Syria’s civil war.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in the Turkish capital that Moscow and Ankara will work to “deepen coordination” on ending the six-year-old war, adding the “necessary conditions” now existed for the conflict to end.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that Turkey “will continue close cooperation with Russia for reaching a political solution to the crisis in Syria.”
Erdogan said that the pair agreed to “pursue more intensely” the creation of a “de-escalation zone” in Idlib Province, in comments echoed by his Russian counterpart.
“Readiness was confirmed to comply with the final agreements on creating four de-escalation zones, including the biggest of them in Idlib Province,” Putin said.
Russia, Turkey, and Iran earlier this month agreed to create a “de-escalation zone” in Idlib, an area under the control of opposition forces in northern regions. Three other “de-escalation zones” have come into effect in different parts of Syria since July.
Erdogan said after meeting Putin on September 28 that Ankara and Moscow agree that the territorial integrity of both Iraq and neighboring Syria must be preserved.
He added that the September 25 nonbinding referendum in Iraq’s Kurdish region had no legitimacy and that the regional leaders must be prevented from making “bigger mistakes.”
The vote, which was also fiercely opposed by the Baghdad government and much of the international community, as a threat to its national security and fears it will inflame separatism among its own Kurdish population.
However, the Kremlin has not explicitly condemned the referendum