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Turkey's Erdogan meets Putin when Syrian ceasefire entered its final hours

Turkey's Erdogan meets Putin when Syrian ceasefire entered its final hours

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is holding last-minute talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Tuesday when the clock is ending a ceasefire agreement between Turkish and Kurdish forces.

Devastated in the war, Al Jazeera called the two in Sochi to talk about "normalizing the situation" in Syria, citing the Kremlin.

Erdogan had already warned on Tuesday that if all Syrian Kurds do not leave the border area before the ceasefire period ends at 10:00 a.m., their country's military will resume its offensive. Local time (3 pm).

He said that 800 fighters have already left, but there are still 1,300 left. Turkey began operations in northern Syria on 9 October, stating that it intended to expel Syrian Kurdish fighters, who believed it to be an extension of the Kurdish insurgency within militants and Turkey.

The United States then negotiated a deal for a 120-hour break in the fighting that ended Tuesday night last week, allowing Syrian Kurdish fighters to leave Turkish-controlled areas.

Turkey attempts to establish what it calls a "safe zone" that stretches 250 miles along the Turkish-Syrian border and about 19 miles within Syria, where it is home to 2 million people of about 3.6 million Syrian refugees Is currently living in Turkey.

Erdogan said on Tuesday, "If the US did not keep its promise, our invasion would continue where it has left it." "There is no room for (Kurdish fighters) in the future of Syria. We hope that with the cooperation of Russia we will free the region from separatist terror."

Although Turkish officials say the ceasefire agreement is about 75 miles between the Syrian border cities Tal Abad and Ras-al-Ayn, Erdogan has made it clear that Turkey's military presence will help maintain the entire border would be able. The river flows to the Syrian border with Iraq.

The Turkish military said on Tuesday that at least 136 vehicles carrying fighter jets had left the area. He said that he has registered a total of 41 violations since the ceasefire was implemented. Kurdish officials have also accused Turkey of ceasefire violations.

Turkey's incursion into Syria has sparked an international protest that, in turn, angered Erdogan, who accused his NATO allies of not supporting Turkey.

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, condemned the raid on Tuesday and asked Erdogan to remove his troops from the area.

Tusk spoke with EU MPs in Strasbourg, France, saying "no one is fooled by the so-called ceasefire agreement", and Turkey, which is a candidate for EU membership, is said to be "permanent Form "to be away from, withdraw. It is military and honor. " International humanitarian law. "

He said that "any other course means unacceptable misery, Daesh's victory (Islamic State group) and a serious threat to European security."

Syrian President Bashar Assad visited the occupied territory of Turkish-backed Syrian fighters in the northwestern province of Idlib on Tuesday, where he described Erdogan as a "thief".

State media showed images of Assad among Syrian soldiers that the report said was a strategic area in southern Idlib. The media quoted Assad as saying that Erdogan is a "thief who has stolen factories, wheat, and fuel and is stealing in the region today," apparently referring to the Turkish invasion this month in northeast Syria.