Turkish, Russian defense ministers discuss Syria

  • 22:40 17 June 2019

Turkish, Russian defense ministers discuss Syria

Turkish and Russian defense ministers exchanged views Monday in a telephone call on measures needed to ensure peace, stability and a cease-fire in Syria, ONA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.

Hulusi Akar and Sergey Shoygu stressed commitments to the Astana and Sochi peace deals, the Turkish Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The two ministers also discussed regional security issues.

In September 2018, Turkey and Russia agreed to turn Idlib into a de-militarized zone after a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his counterpart Vladimir Putin in Russia's coastal city of Sochi.

Ankara and Moscow signed a memorandum of understanding calling for the stabilization of the situation in Idlib's de-escalation zone, in which acts of aggression are prohibited.