October 22, 2019 / 5:33 PM / 24 days ago

Russia says Syrian Kurdish YPG to withdraw from Syrian border

FILE PHOTO: Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting in Moscow, Russia, September 2, 2019. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina/File Photo

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that Moscow and Ankara had agreed that the Kurdish YPG militia would pull back 30 km (19 miles) from the Syrian border in a deal he heralded as one that would end the bloodshed in the region.

Lavrov, who was speaking after talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, said the Kurds would also withdraw from the towns of Manbij and Tel Rifaat.

Lavrov said Russian military police and Syrian border guards would be deployed on the Syrian side of the border with Turkey from midday on Oct. 23 outside the zone of Turkey’s military operation.

(This story corrects time to midday from midnight in the third paragraph).

Reporting by Daria Korsunskaya in Sochi and Andrey Ostroukh in Moscow; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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