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Russia, Turkey discuss coordination in Syria after US withdrawal

Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a press conference on 11 September, 2017 [Shadi Nsoor/Anadolu Agency]
Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov on 11 September 2017 [Shadi Nsoor/Anadolu Agency]

Foreign and defence ministers from Russia and Turkey discussed coordination between their forces in Syria after the United States’ decision to withdraw troops from the Arab republic, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday.

“Today, an understanding was reached on how military representatives of Russia and Turkey will continue coordinating their steps “on the ground” under new conditions with a view to the ultimate eradication of the terrorist threat in the Syrian Arab Republic,” Lavrov said.

In an abrupt policy shift, Trump has said that Washington would withdraw roughly 2,000 US troops in Syria, upending a pillar of American policy in the Middle East and alarming US allies.

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