MOSCOW (AFP) - The leaders of Russia and Turkey said Tuesday they shared deep concerns over fighting in northwestern Syria, with Ankara caution it would take the steps important to guard its troops there.

After assembly for talks close to Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkey s Recep Tayyip Erdogan said they hoped to paintings together to ease tensions in Idlib province.

Russian-sponsored government forces released a ground offensive this month towards Idlib, one of the closing major regions of Syria outside government hands.


The preventing is threatening to increase tensions among Russia and Iran, who lower back President Bashar al-Assad s regime, and Turkey which supports some rebellion groups.

"The situation within the Idlib de-escalation region is of great concern to us and our Turkish partners," Putin said at a press conference with Erdogan carried on Russian kingdom television.

He stated Turkey had "valid pursuits" to defend on its southern borders and supported the introduction of a security zone in the area.

Putin said he and Erdogan had agreed "extra joint steps" to "normalise" the state of affairs in Idlib, but did not provide details.

Moscow and Ankara ultimate yr struck a deal to create a "de-escalation" buffer area round Idlib to preclude a complete-scale regime attack.

however Assad s forces were bombarding the province for months and on August 8 launched a floor offensive.

Turkey hooked up 12 navy commentary posts in Idlib under the buffer region deal and one among them has been encircled by means of Syrian authorities forces.

"The state of affairs (in Idlib) has end up so complex that at this second our troops are in risk," Erdogan stated.

"We do not need this to preserve. All vital steps will be taken right here as wished."

Tuesday s talks among Putin and Erdogan got here ahead of a summit on Syria in an effort to see the two leaders joined by using Iran s President Hassan Rouhani in Ankara on September sixteen.

Erdogan stated the September meeting "have to contribute to peace inside the region".

both leaders said they supported Syria s territorial integrity, however Putin emphasised the want to preserve preventing jihadist forces in Idlib.

"Terrorists preserve shelling the positions of Syrian authorities forces, looking to attack Russian army installations," Putin stated.

"The de-escalation quarter have to no longer function a shelter for militants, let alone a bridgehead for brand new attacks."

Idlib is ruled by way of jihadist institution Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the former Al-Qaeda associate in Syria.

recent fighting has been fierce in the province, the final primary front in a warfare that has killed greater than 370,000 people and displaced millions considering that 2011.

On Tuesday, clashes between anti-government combatants and regime forces in northwestern Syria killed fifty one combattants on each aspects, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-primarily based battle reveal.

Putin and Erdogan met on the sidelines of the MAKS worldwide air show at the outskirts of Moscow -- a exhibit for Russia s army and civil aerospace industry.

the 2 leaders highlighted their expanded cooperation, which noticed Turkey start taking delivery in July of Russian S-400 missile systems it ordered in defiance of warnings from Washington.

Turkey s defence ministry stated the second one stage of deliveries had all started on Tuesday and might closing for a month.

Putin said he and Erdogan had mentioned further navy cooperation, including on Russia s Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet.

A flow by means of NATO member Turkey to purchase Russian combatants could be sure to in addition anger Washington.

"we've got many opportunities, we demonstrated new guns structures and new electronic war structures," Putin said. "in my view there has been a variety of hobby from our Turkish companions."