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    Turkish FM Thanks Russia for Cooperation in Syrian Conflict Settlement

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    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday expressed his gratitude to Moscow for the joint efforts made during the Syrian military crisis settlement, leading to the creation of safe zones in the embattled nation.

    IZMIR (Sputnik) — Turkey and Russia, alongside Iran, are the guarantor states of the Syrian ceasefire. Moscow and Ankara also form the bilateral commission on the Syrian truce.

    "Together with Russia, we are making a lot of efforts for the normalization of the situation in Syria. The agreement on reconciliation and the creation of the de-escalation zones has been achieved owing to this cooperation. We thank Russia for this," Cavusoglu said at the 86th Izmir International Fair, in which Russia participates as a partner country.

    In May, the guarantor states of the Syrian ceasefire signed a memorandum on the creation of four de-escalation zones in Syria. The areas in southern Syria and in the Eastern Ghouta are already operating effectively, while in late July, representatives of the Russian Defense Ministry and moderate Syrian opposition had reached an agreement on the establishment of the third safe zone in the northern part of the Syrian Homs province. Consultations on the fourth safe zone in the Idlib province are ongoing.


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