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Russia and Turkey will find ways to settle the situation in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone in the spirit of cooperation, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Ankara, TASS reports.
"Our relations are at a high level. Today’s discussion will focus on the Idlib de-escalation zone issues. We will discuss ways to fight against terrorism in this region," he said.
The Turkish foreign minister reiterated that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan often hold telephone negotiations and their last meeting took place on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg. "We will find ways to settle the situation in Idlib in the spirit of cooperation," Cavusoglu added.
Being a ceasefire underwriter in Syria like Russia and Iran, Turkey plays a major role in supporting stability in the de-escalation zone, that was created in 2017 in the northwestern Idlib Governorate and neighboring areas. It is Syria’s only region that is still controlled by illegal armed groups after their defeat in Eastern Ghouta and in the south of the country.