MOSCOW – Russia and Turkey agreed on Saturday to "coordinate" their actions on the ground in Syria in the context of the announced US military withdrawal, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
"We agreed that the Russian and Turkish military representatives on the ground will continue to coordinate their actions in this new context with the aim of eradicating the terrorist threat in Syria," he said. Lavrov after talks in Moscow with a Turkish delegation.
We discussed how we will coordinate our work together in the context of "the departure of the Americans," confirmed his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Cavusoglu, Lavrov said he was "optimistic" after these discussions which included Cavusoglu , the defense ministers of both countries, Hulusi Akar and Sergei Shoigu, and intelligence officials.
These talks come after last week's announcement by US President Donald Trump of the withdrawal of the US military from Syria. Russia and Turkey have also pledged to cooperate to promote the return of Syrian refugees to their homes and to provide them with humanitarian aid, as well as to continue work towards the creation of a demilitarized zone in Idleb.
A summit on Syria gathering Russian Presidents Vladimir Putin, Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian Hassan Rohani is scheduled for early 2019, according to Moscow. Last Thursday, the decision of the US president was judged "fair" by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
On December 19, the United States began withdrawing its troops from Syria, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, saying the decision was not going to end the campaign. military action led by the international coalition against the self-proclaimed terrorist group "Islamic State" (IS / Daesh).
million. Sanders said the withdrawal was not an American "disengagement" from Syria, nor does it mean the end of the international coalition against Daesh by the United States.