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SEPTEMBER 2020

Turkish Defense Delegation Goes To Moscow For Talks On Syria

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Turkish Defense Delegation Goes To Moscow For Talks On Syria

Villagers watch as Turkish army tanks and soldiers gather near the Syrian border on January 21, 2018 at Hassa, in Hatay province. / AFP PHOTO / BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

A Turkish military delegation will visit Moscow on Thursday to hold talks with Russian officials, the Ministry of National Defense of Turkey announced on Wednesday.

Citing military sources, the Anadolu Agency said that the Turkish and Russian officials will be discussing the situation in Syria. The two key issues will likely be the situation in the northern governroate of Idlib and the Turkish proposal to establish a safe-zone in the northeastern part of the country.

Last week, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a summit in Moscow. The two leaders agreed to work on additional measures to implement the demilitarized zone agreement on Idlib. However, the situation on the ground deteriorated.

Turkish outlet Star said that 20 armored vehicles were deployed in the southern province of Hatay on the border with of Syria’s Idlib ahead of the upcoming meeting in Russia. These vehicles could enter Syria later to reinforce the Turkish observation posts around Idlib.

The upcoming Turkish-Russian meeting is a part of the usual coordination between the two countries on the conflict in Syria and will not likely result in any breakthrough.

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