Russia, Turkey announce ceasefire in northwestern Syria

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Russia and Turkey have reached a deal on ceasefire in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.

Ceasefire came into effect early this morning (Friday).

This was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a joint press conference in Moscow after three hours of face-to-face talks.

Under the protocol, Turkey and Russia, as guarantor countries reaffirmed their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Syria.

Two leaders also reaffirmed their determination to combat all forms of terrorism and to eliminate all terrorist groups in Syria while agreeing that targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure cannot be justified under any pretext.

Russian President and his Turkish counterpart also agreed to establish a security corridor and joint patrols.

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