March 6, 2020 / 6:05 PM / 22 days ago

Russia's Putin, Syria's Assad discuss Idlib ceasefire - Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin approaches to shake hands with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan during a meeting in Moscow, Russia March 5, 2020. Pavel Golovkin/Pool via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a phone call on Friday that agreements reached between Russia and Turkey at recent talks would stabilise the situation in Syria’s Idlib province, the Kremlin said.

“Bashar al-Assad rated the outcome of the talks between the leaders of Russia and Turkey highly and expressed his gratitude to Russia’s president for supporting the fight against terrorist groups,” the Kremlin statement said.

Turkey and Russia agreed a ceasefire deal on Thursday in Idlib, their two leaders said after talks in Moscow, aiming to contain a conflict which has displaced nearly a million people in three months.

Reporting by Polina Ivanova and Alexander Marrow; Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Alison Williams

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