Russia’s Security Council discusses Sochi deal on Syria

MOSCOW

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday discussed the implementation of the Russia-Turkey deal on Syria with the country’s Security Council members, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

“Vladimir Putin chaired a briefing with permanent members of the Security Council. […] They [members of the Security Council] had a comprehensive exchange of opinions on the implementation of the Memorandum agreed on by the presidents of Russia and Turkey on the situation in Syria,” the Kremlin said in a statement.

On Oct. 9, Turkey launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure Turkey’s borders, aid in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and ensure Syria’s territorial integrity.

On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a meeting in Russia’s Black Sea resort town of Sochi.

Ankara and Moscow reached a deal under which YPG/PKK terrorists will pull back 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of Turkey’s border with northern Syria within 150 hours, and security forces from Turkey and Russia will conduct joint patrols there.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK — listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union — has been responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.
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