August 27, 2019 / 3:14 PM / 4 months ago

Putin says Russia, Turkey agree on additional steps in Syria's Idlib

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan visit the MAKS-2019 International Aviation and Space Salon in Zhukovsky outside Moscow, Russia, August 27, 2019. Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that he and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan have outlined additional joint measures aimed at rooting out “terrorists” in Syria’s Idlib area.

“Together with Turkey’s president we have outlined additional joint steps to neutralize the terrorists’ nests in Idlib and normalize the situation there and in the whole of Syria as a result,” Putin told a joint briefing with Erdogan.

Putin, speaking after talks with Erdogan, also said he and the Turkish leader had underlined that Syria should remain a unified country.

Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; writing by Vladimir Soldatkin and Gabrielle Tetrault-Farber; Editing by Katya Golubkova and Gareth Jones/Mark Heinrich

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