Turkish and Russian presidents discuss northeast Syria

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Turkish and Russian presidents discuss northeast SyriaPresident Tayyip Erdogan and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discussed Turkey’s military offensive in Syria in a phone call on Saturday, Turkey’s presidency said. Turkey launched its cross-border offensive one month ago, saying it aimed to drive Kurdish-led forces from the border region and create a “safe zone” to settle Syrian refugees. It halted its advance under a deal with the United States which called for the withdrawal from the border of Kurdish YPG fighters – whom Ankara considers to be terrorists because of their links to Kurdish guerrillas waging an insurgency inside Turkey.