October 18, 2019 / 7:21 AM / a month ago

Kremlin wants information from Turkey about Syria deal with U.S.: RIA

FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov waits before a welcoming ceremony attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, March 28, 2019. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said late on Thursday it expected to receive information from Turkey after Ankara agreed a deal with the United States to halt its offensive in Syria for five days, the RIA news agency reported.

Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its offensive in Syria to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a “safe zone” Ankara had sought to capture, in a deal hailed by the Trump administration and cast by Turkey as a complete victory.

“We expect to receive information from Turkey,” RIA quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is due to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin about Syria on Tuesday next week in southern Russia.

Russian military police and the Syrian army have rushed to take control of parts of northeastern Syria previously controlled by the Kurds after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew U.S. forces from the area prompting the Kurds to strike a deal with Damascus.

Reporting by Tom Balmforth; editing by Andrew Osborn

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