September 18, 2018 / 10:59 AM / 8 months ago

Turkey says Syrian oppositon in Idlib to remain in place under agreement with Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R, back), Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan (L, back), Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R, front) and Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar attend a news conference following the talks in Sochi, Russia September 17, 2018. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS

ANKARA (Reuters) - The Syrian opposition in the rebel-held enclave of Idlib will stay in the same areas they are in now as part of an agreement signed between Turkey and Russia, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan agreed on Monday that their troops would enforce a new demilitarised zone in the Idlib region from which “radical” rebels will be required to withdraw by the middle of next month.

Kalin said on Twitter that Russia and Turkey would conduct joint patrols in the area and that Russia would take measures to prevent attack on Idlib as part of the agreement.

Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by David Dolan

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