Russia and Turkey agree on Idlib demilitarized zone borders

Russia and Turkey agree on Idlib demilitarized zone borders

Russia and Turkey have agreed on the borders of an Idlib demilitarized zone in Syria, Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said.

Speaking during a visit to Sarajevo, the top Russian diplomat said that Nusra front fighters should leave the zone by mid-October, but stressed that the United States' control over the eastern bank of the Euphrates river posed the main threat to Syria's territorial integrity.

"We are already drawing conclusions, doing all necessary not to depend on those countries that are acting that way with their international partners," Interfax cited the minister as saying.

Lavrov noted that the decision of Moscow and Ankara on Idlib is an intermediate step, adding that it will prevent the shelling of Syrian troops at Hmeymim base.

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