Erdogan tells Putin that Syrian army offensive causing humanitarian crisis

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Ankara-Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Friday that Syrian army attacks in northwest Syria are causing a humanitarian crisis and threaten Turkey’s national security, the Turkish presidency said.

Syrian troops have seized a pocket of territory and encircled opposition forces and a Turkish military post, reclaiming towns they lost early in the war.

Erdogan told Putin, who has supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, that the attacks violated a ceasefire in Idlib and damaged efforts for a solution in Syria, the Turkish presidency said.

Kremlin: Putin, Erdogan to ‘activate’ cooperation on Syria

Meanwhile, the Kremlin said that President Putin and Erdogan agreed on Friday to “activate mutual efforts” to ease the situation in Syria’s Idlib region, during a phone call initiated by Erdogan, it said.

“They discussed the issues of Russian-Turkish cooperation in the context of stabilization of the de-escalation zone,” the Kremlin statement said, according to AFP.

The Kremlin said that: “They agreed to activate mutual efforts with the goal of liquidating the terrorist threat coming from this region.”

 

Reuters

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