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Putin and Erdogan agree to deploy Russian military police in northeastern Syria

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have reached a memorandum of understanding on Syria to deploy Russian military police units in northeastern Syria and implement the Adana agreement.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov read out at the end of talks between Presidents Putin and Erdogan in Sochi on Tuesday the text of the memorandum, according to which the Russian military police and Syrian army units will enter the territory adjacent to the Turkish operation area in northern Syria, starting at 12:00 on October 23.

The memorandum read by Lavrov said that Russian military police and Syrian border guards will help the withdrawal of Kurdish units and withdraw their weapons to 30 kilometers from the Syrian-Turkish border.

After that, Russia and Turkey will begin joint patrols in the region at a depth of 10 km inside Syrian territory, east and west of the area of ​​operation “spring of peace”, with the exception of the city of Qamishli.

The Russian minister pointed out that Moscow and Ankara have agreed on a joint mechanism to monitor the implementation of the memorandum on Syria, and that Russia and Turkey will conduct joint patrols in the “safe area” in northern Syria.

The memorandum provides for the maintenance of the current situation in the region between Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ain at a depth of 32 km inside Syrian territory.

The memorandum stressed the importance of maintaining the Adana Agreement between Turkey and Syria in the current circumstances, and I Russia will contribute to its implementation.

According to the memo, Kurdish units will withdraw from Manbij and Tal Rifaat.

In their memorandum, Presidents Putin and Erdogan reaffirmed their commitment to preserving political unity and territorial integrity of Syria and ensuring Turkey’s national security, as well as their determination to continue fighting terrorism and confronting separatist tendencies on Syrian soil.

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