October 23, 2019 / 10:41 AM / 23 days ago

Erdogan: YPG will not stay in Syria border region in 'regime clothes'

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) following Russian-Turkish talks in the Black sea resort of Sochi, Russia October 22, 2019. Sergei Chirikov/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin assured him that Kurdish YPG militants will not be allowed to remain in Syria along the Turkish border wearing “regime clothes.”

Erdogan made the comment to broadcaster NTV during his return flight from the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where he met with Putin on Tuesday.

At the meeting, Ankara and Moscow agreed that the YPG militia and its weapons would be removed from areas along the Syrian-Turkish border region that were not included in a previous similar deal with the United States.

Reporting by Ezgi Erkoyun and Daren Butler; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Jonathan Spicer

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