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Turkish, Russian defense ministers discuss Syria

Turkish and Russian defense ministers exchanged views Monday in a on measures needed to ensure peace, stability and a cease-fire in .

and stressed commitments to the Astana and Sochi peace deals, the said in a statement.

The two ministers also discussed regional security issues.

In September 2018, and agreed to turn Idlib into a de-militarized zone after a meeting between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his counterpart Vladimir Putin in Russia's coastal city of Sochi.

Ankara and Moscow signed a memorandum of understanding calling for the stabilization of the situation in Idlib's de-escalation zone, in which acts of aggression are prohibited.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.

Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to UN officials.

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