Turkish Ceasefire Agreement

“There are no violations (of the ceasefire) against observation posts” that “must put an end to the bloodshed and humanitarian tragedy,” the official said at a briefing in Ankara. Earlier, at a joint press conference, Putin said the agreement would serve as a “good basis for ending the fighting” in Idlib. In a speech to the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the ceasefire would begin at midnight on Thursday evening and that it was hoped that it would ease tensions in the region. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reported bombings minutes before the midnight deadline expired, said there was “relative” calm in the area after the ceasefire came into effect. Russia and Turkey have agreed on a ceasefire in Syria`s Idlib province after dozens of Turkish and Syrian soldiers were killed in clashes amid a dangerous escalation of violence. According to the Ministry of Defence, two other Turkish soldiers were killed by Syrian regime fire in Idlib hours before the ceasefire came into force. The agreement will also create a security corridor along the important M4 motorway in northern Syria, where Turkish and Russian forces will begin joint patrols from 15 March. According to an AFP diplomatic source, Russia requested a closed meeting of the UN Security Council on Friday to inform members of the agreement. While the ceasefire agreement raises Turkey`s main concerns in Idlib – halting the influx of migrants and preventing the deaths of other Turkish soldiers – it also cements the recent gains of Russian-backed Syrian government forces and leaves Turkish observation posts in the area surrounded by the Syrian side. Turkish and Russian officials have largely agreed on the details of a ceasefire agreement in syria`s war-torn province of Idlib, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said thursday, on the third day of talks between the two countries. “I hope that these agreements will serve as the basis for stopping military activities in the Idlib de-escalation zone (and) will put an end to the suffering of peaceful populations and the growing humanitarian crisis,” Putin said. Akar said Turkey and Russia were working to make the ceasefire permanent, adding that Ankara and Moscow would establish joint coordination centers to monitor the agreement.

The deal was announced after about six hours of talks between Putin and Erdogan in the Russian capital. The ceasefire, which has been in place since 5 March, was concluded following the deaths of some 60 Turkish soldiers in clashes in the region since last month. Putin and Erdogan agreed on Friday (2200 GMT) on the ceasefire from midnight, after more than six hours of talks in Moscow. MOSCOW (Reuters) – Turkey and Russia agreed on Thursday on a ceasefire in the Syrian region of Idlib, their two leaders said after talks in Moscow to stem a conflict that has displaced nearly a million people in three months. In 2018, Russia and Turkey agreed on a ceasefire and de-escalation zones in Idlib, but that agreement has often been violated. Erdogan visited the Kremlin on Thursday to negotiate a ceasefire with Putin to stem growing military losses and avert another large influx of refugees from Idlib province. The BBC`s diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus says fundamental questions remain unanswered about the recent ceasefire, including the length of the ceasefire, whether Syrian government forces or Turkish troops are withdrawing to designated areas and what will happen to the large number of refugees. The United States and Turkey today announced a historic agreement. ending a week of hostilities in the border region of Syria: Erdogan and Putin meet in Moscow to try a quick ceasefire in Idlib The so-called “Spring of Peace” intervention began on October 9, 2019, when Turkish soldiers and SNA factions, including the Hamza Division and Sultan Mourad Brigade, invaded the Syrian border and occupied much of the territory between Abyad and the