Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin have announced that the two countries agreed to conduct joint patrols and the YPG is set to withdraw from the area in 150 hours starting from Oct. 23 noon.
As the meeting between Putin and Erdoğan kicks off in Sochi, Russian Foreign Ministry has called Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria 'a violation of Syrian territorial integrity.'
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that President Trump is ready to use military action 'if needed,' adding that Washington prefers 'peace to war.'
Turkish Defense Minister reiterated his country's alliance with the United States, as he also urged NATO to stand unified against threats. "A uniform action should be taken against the common enemy," he said.
Journalist Murat Yetkin has penned an analysis of the meeting between President Erdoğan and Russian President Putin that is set to be held on Oct. 22, which is also the date that the ceasefire agreement between Ankara and Washington regarding northern Syria expires.
French President Emmanuel Macron said that it was important to extend the ceasefire in northeast Syria in a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday. Ankara rejects calling it "a ceasefire" and insists it is "a pause".
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has once again slammed Turkey's NATO allies and Washington, saying that some 30,000 trucks filled with weapons were sent to the YPG, while the country's defense minister has said that 'every weapon given to the group is turned against us.'
Turkish journalist Murat Yetkin has penned 13 questions regarding the planned 'safe zone' and the 120-hour ceasefire agreement between Ankara and Washington regarding the former's military offensive in northeastern Syria.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said that they had withdrawn from the border town of Ras al Ain under a U.S.-brokered ceasefire deal. Ras al Ain is one of two towns on the Turkish-Syrian border that have been the main targets of Turkey's offensive to push back Kurdish fighters and create a more than 30 km (about 20 miles) deep "safe zone" inside Syria.
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu has praised the country's coast guard for its ability to limit irregular migration, while also calling on Europe to stop criticizing Turkey's military offensive in northeastern Syria.
Russia promised Turkey that the Syrian Kurdish militants will not be in the territories across the border, Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu has said, adding that Ankara will not oppose if the YPG is removed by Russia and the Syrian army.
After nine days of hectic diplomacy and military offensive in Syria, Turkey and the U.S. reached a ceasefire deal that includes the withdrawal of YPG militants. The deal was hailed by both Ankara and Washington, with Trump saying, 'Millions of lives will be saved.'
Two days after the emergence of Trump's letter to Erdoğan, the Turkish President said that the necessary actions will be taken when the time is right. "It's not our priority today," he said.
In a letter obtained by a Fox Business reporter, U.S. President Trump urges Turkish President Erdoğan to halt the country's offensive in northern Syria. The letter included phrases outside diplomatic niceties, such as, "Don't be a tough guy" and "Don't be a fool."
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar rejected claims that the army has chemical weapons, saying that the YPG will carry out attacks with chemical weapons and then blame it on Turkey.