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Erdogan and Putin discuss Syria border corridor and gas hubs on the phone.

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According to his office, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin asking for a 30-kilometer security corridor on the Turkish-Syrian border.The two leaders also discussed grain shipments and Turkey’s potential regional gas hub on Sunday, December 11, the two countries said.In a statement, Erdogan’s office highlighted the “importance and importance of creating a buffer zone in northern Syria under a 2019 agreement between Turkey and Russia, the main supporters of Syrian President Assad. urgency,” he repeated.The call comes three weeks after Turkey launched airstrikes and shelling in Syria and Iraq after an explosion in Istanbul that killed six of him and injured dozens on November 13.

Rice field. Ankara condemned the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and its Syrian wing, the People’s Protection Units (YPG). Both groups, considered “terrorists” by Turkey, have denied any involvement.As part of an agreement signed with Turkey in 2019, Russia pledged to set up a buffer zone between Turkey’s border and YPG forces. It will be administered by the Syrian Army and the Russian Military Police. Both Russian and Syrian government forces, as well as some US forces, are present in the border areas, but the agreement has not been fully implemented.”The special importance of joint energy projects, especially in the gas industry, was emphasized,” the Kremlin said.Alexei Miller, president of Russian energy giant Gazprom, met with Erdogan in Istanbul last week.

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