Putin, Erdogan discuss Idlib, Syria over phone

  • 14:21 12 February 2020

Putin, Erdogan discuss Idlib, Syria over phone

Russian and Turkish presidents discussed the latest developments in Idlib, a de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria over phone on Wednesday, ONA reports citing Kremlin. 

The phone conversation between Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan came after five Turkish troops were martyred and five injured in an attack by Syrian forces in Idlib, on Monday, following a similar attack last week martyring seven soldiers and a civilian contractor working with the Turkish military.

The two presidents agreed to hold additional consultations via relevant departments, the Kremlin said in a statement, published on its official website.

"The two leaders continued discussions on various aspects of resolving the Syrian crisis, primarily in the context of the worsening situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

“The importance of full implementation of the existing Russian-Turkish agreements, including the Sochi memorandum of Sept. 17, 2018, was noted. For this purpose, it was agreed to conduct additional contacts through the relevant departments," read the statement.

The Turkish troops are in Idlib - nominally a cease-fire zone, under a deal between Turkey and Russia - as part of an anti-terror and peace mission.