Erdogan revealed joint plans of Moscow and Ankara on the Syrian Idlib

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Russia and Turkey will ensure a de-escalation in the Syrian province of Idlib. It said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an interview with Reuters.

The head of state noted that according to the agreement, Moscow will provide security outside the province, and Ankara — inside her. According to the Turkish leader, “it is a difficult task.” Under this agreement Turkey will place its troops in Idlib, said Erdogan.

The President added that at the meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which is scheduled to be held on 28 September in Ankara, he intends to discuss additional steps in order to “once and for all destroy the terrorists and establish peace”.

September 15, the guarantor countries of the Syrian peace settlement — Russia, Turkey and Iran — have agreed on the boundaries of the zone of de-escalation in Idlib province. The parties have pledged to deploy troops to monitor the implementation of the ceasefire in Idlib, Latakia, Hama and Aleppo. In addition, for monitoring in these areas should be created a single focal point.

In a joint statement it was reported that the creation of such zones is a temporary measure, which is designed for six months with possibility of extension.