Erdogan and Putin Reached Agreement on Syria

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The agreement aims to put an end to hostilities in Idlib.  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin reached an agreement aimed at ending the hostilities in the Syrian province of Idlib. After talks in Moscow on Thursday, two leaders announced of ceasefire, which will begin acting in the region at midnight. Although Moscow and Ankara are nominally partners in the fight against terrorism in the region, the clash has recently burst between them in Idlib, the region in northwestern Syria where Russia is helping its ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, take control of the last rebel strongholds. Turkey and Western states accuse the Syrian government and its supporting Russian forces of carrying out massive bombings, provoking a humanitarian crisis in the region, due to which about a million civilians were forced to flee to the border with Turkey. Turkey in response launched a military campaign to defend the forces based in Idlib, which, according to it, consist mainly of rebels, not terrorists. Ankara stated death of 54 Turkish militaries in February as a result of aerial attacks by the Syrian government. Turkish forces in response shot down three government military aircraft and fired at a military airport, which reportedly killed more than 100 Assad regime adherents.