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A convoy of military vehicles and  transporting Syrian regime troops are stationed on the outskirts of the northern Syrian border town of Kobane (also known as Ain Arab) on October 16, 2019 - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Fragile Balance Established in Northern Syria After End of Turkish Offensive

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On Tuesday, after the end of the 120-hour ceasefire, Turkey's Defence Ministry announced that its Operation Peace Spring, launched on 9 October, was officially complete.

The situation in northern Syria has partially settled down since Ankara announced there is no need to continue its offensive against the Kurdish forces in the region at this stage.

In the meantime, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan have stated that Russian military police and Syrian troops will patrol the area along the Syrian border with Turkey.

Fire engulfs border between Turkey and Syria amid battles between the Turkish Armed Forces and militants in the city of Ras al-Ayn. 12 October 2019 - Sputnik International
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The Syrian Arab Army reclaimed part of the country's territory after the Turkish op drove the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces from the area.

Damascus managed to strike a deal with the militants, while the Turkish Army was fighting them. Ankara believes they are part of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), banned in Turkey as a terror group.

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16:26 GMT 23.10.2019
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14:49 GMT 23.10.2019
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The United States has never threatened Turkey with use of military force to stop the Turkish offensive in northern Syria, Special Envoy for Syria James Jeffrey said earlier this day.

14:26 GMT 23.10.2019
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"Preservation of contacts with US on Syria is important in terms of achieving long-term settlement there", the Ministry added.

14:04 GMT 23.10.2019
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13:47 GMT 23.10.2019
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"Since the deadlines have not been set, then the lack of deadlines means that they [the agreements] have no time limitations at this point", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin said on Wednesday.

13:42 GMT 23.10.2019
Moscow Respects Kurds Position, it is Necessary To Resolve Their Situation in Dialogue With Damascus - Russian Foreign Ministry

“We have great respect for the Kurds, with whom we have deep historical contacts. And we know about their contribution to combat against Daesh*”, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin said.

*Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia

13:37 GMT 23.10.2019
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13:19 GMT 23.10.2019
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It also added that the memorandum signed on 22 October renews the presence of Syrian border guards at many places along the Syrian-Turkish border.

The agreements between Russia and Turkey are "based on the results of closed contacts between Moscow, Damascus, and the Kurds" on the situation in Syria.

13:07 GMT 23.10.2019
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The Russian Foreign Ministry explained that the initiative to create an internationally controlled zone inside northern Syria was suggested by Germany before the meeting between Putin and Erdogan in Sochi, where the "fateful decisions were made".

12:47 GMT 23.10.2019
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"Concerning YPG terrorists, Putin said that Russia and [the Syrian] regime will not allow them [to remain in the territory]. ... Russia surely will not allow for it, we do not doubt this", president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an interview with the Turkish news outlet Anadolu.

Erdogan added that he was not fully sure about Syria's guarantees though.

"If [the Kurds] do not leave [the territory], we will do everything necessary”, the Turkish president said.

11:50 GMT 23.10.2019
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According to local sources, the Russian column arrived in the border city of Kobani around midday, met by cheering crowds.

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The meeting will be held at the NATO headquarters in Brussels and chaired by Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. According to him, the ministers will also discuss NATO air defence batteries in Turkey, noting, however, that it is up to the allies to decide if that would be appropriate.

09:46 GMT 23.10.2019
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According to local sources, the Russian column arrived in the border city of Kobani around midday, met by cheering crowds.

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