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Putin, Erdogan discuss measures to defuse situation in Syria’s Idlib

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a telephone conversation to discuss measures to defuse the situation in Syria's war-torn Idlib region, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a telephone conversation to discuss measures to defuse the situation in Syria’s war-torn Idlib region, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

The sides should defer to the current peace agreements between Russia and Turkey, particularly the September 2018 Sochi memorandum, intended to prevent an escalation in Idlib, according to the statement.

The conversation, initiated by the Turkish side, was conducted within the “context of an aggravation of the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone,” the statement said.

Russia said last week that some of its military personnel had been killed in the Idlib region amid escalating violence, without providing a death toll. Turkish troops have also recently been killed in the embattled north-western province.

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