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Putin Announces Demilitarized Zone In Syria

RUSSIA -- Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prepare to enter a hall for their talks at the Bocharov Ruchei residence, in Sochi, September 17, 2018


The Latest on a meeting between Russian and Turkish leaders on Syria Russian President Vladimir Putin says a demilitarized zone to separate Syrian forces and rebels in the Idlib region will be established by Oct. 15.

Putin made the announcement Monday after meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He said the zone will be patrolled both by Turkish forces and Russian military police.

Idlib is the last bastion of Syria's rebels and concern has been high that a government assault on the city and its surroundings would be catastrophic for civilians. Turkey has opposed such an assault.

Putin said that the zone would be 15-20 kilometers (9-12 miles deep).