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Russia, Turkey to enhance military coordination in Syria

IANS  |  Moscow 

Russian and Turkish leaders agreed to further coordinate their troops and special services in to combat terrorist groups who are violating the Syrian ceasefire, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

Russian and his Turkish counterpart made the remarks during a telephone conversation, according to a Kremlin statement, reported.

"They reaffirmed mutual commitment to the political and diplomatic resolution of the crisis based on Resolution 2254, in line with the decisions of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress, which was held on January 30, 2018 in Sochi," the Kremlin said.

The Syrian peace talks concluded last week in the western Russian city of The main principles of a political settlement were reached and a committee was formed to promote constitutional reform in the war-torn country.

Putin and Erdogan also underscored the importance of "strict and unfailing adherence" to the agreements on de-escalation zones in Syria, the statement said.

In May 2017, Russia, and Iran, the guarantors of a Syrian ceasefire regime and mediators for peace talks for a political settlement in Syria, agreed on the creation of four de-escalation zones in Syria, which are guaranteed to be free of battles and airstrikes for six months initially and subject to extensions after that.

According to the Kremlin, the state heads noted the importance of continuing cooperation between Russia, and to promote the Syrian peace process, and discussed trilateral contacts at various levels in the future.

They discussed the possibility of a meeting between the leaders of the three countries, but the exact date has yet to be decided, Russia's news agency reported, citing Russian

The Turkish also expressed condolences on the death of Russian Roman Filipov, who blew himself up with a grenade after being surrounded by Nusra Front militants as his fighter jet was shot down when overflying a de-escalation zone in the province of in northwestern



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 05:38 IST