Russia, Turkey agree to ceasefire in Idlib

(VOVWORLD) - Turkey and Russia agreed on Thursday to a ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib region after a 6-hour talk between their leaders in Moscow to contain a conflict which has displaced nearly a million people in three months.

Russia, Turkey agree to ceasefire in Idlib  - ảnh 1 Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a talk in Moscow on March 05, 2020

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said he hopes the agreement will lead to a halt of military action in Syria’s last major rebel stronghold. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters the truce will take effect at midnight on Thursday. The leaders agreed to establish a secure corridor near the highway, running east to west through Idlib, and hold joint patrols along the road beginning March 15. Erdogan said Turkey reserves the right to retaliate with all its strength against any attack by Syrian forces.

Russia and Turkey agreed to help refugees return to northern Syria and said they will suspend military actions in the area.