October 22, 2019 / 5:20 PM / a month ago

Turkey, Russia agree on Syrian Kurdish YPG withdrawal, joint patrols -Erdogan

SOCHI, Russia, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Turkey and Russia have agreed that the Kurdish YPG militia in Syria will withdraw to beyond 30 km (19 miles) from the Turkish border and will also leave the towns of Tel Rifaat and Manbij, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

Turkish and Russian troops will conduct joint patrols in northern Syria within 10 km of the border, he said, adding that Ankara would also work with Moscow for the safe return of Syrian refugees now in Turkey.

Erdogan was speaking at a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin following lengthy talks on the situation in Syria.

Reporting Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ezgi Erkoyun; Writing by Jonathan Spicer Editing by Gareth Jones

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