September 21, 2018 / 1:17 PM / 3 months ago

Turkey, Russia agree borders of Idlib demilitarised zone

A damaged military tank is seen in Idlib, Syria January 21, 2018. SANA/Handout via REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s defence ministry said on Friday the borders of the demilitarised zone to be set up in Syria’s Idlib region were agreed in meetings with a Russian committee.

The borders were agreed taking into account the area’s geographical structure and residential areas, it said, adding that the meetings were held between Sept. 19-21 at Turkey’s defence ministry.

Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin announced an agreement on Monday under which Russian and Turkish troops will enforce the new demilitarised zone in the Idlib region, from which “radical” rebels will be required to withdraw by the middle of next month.

Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Daren Butler

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