October 17, 2019 / 11:42 AM / a month ago

Turkey says Russia promised to keep Kurdish militia away from border -BBC

ANKARA, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Russia has promised Ankara that the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey’s military is targeting, will not be in the Syrian territories across the border, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted as saying on Thursday.

Russia “promised that the PKK or YPG will not be on the other side of the border,” Cavusoglu said in an interview with the BBC. “If Russia, accompanied by the Syrian army, removes YPG elements from the region, we will not oppose this.”

Earlier on Thursday, Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman said Syria should get control over its border with Turkey as part of any settlement of the conflict in the region, as Turkey pressed on with its offensive into northeastern Syria.

Reporting by Ali Kucukgocmen; Writing by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Jonathan Spicer

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