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Why Russia isn't bothered by US-Turkey agreement on Syria

Russia, which has been conducting its own whirlwind diplomacy this week, wasn't disturbed by the US-Turkey deal over northern Syria.
Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters return from the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad as they are pictured in Akcakale in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Murad Sezer - RC1ED08DA570
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MOSCOW — In the past 24 hours Russia has patiently waited to see whether the US-Turkey “agreement” over the fate of Kurdish forces in the “safe zone” in northeastern Syria might cause any negative outcomes for Moscow's own ideas for fixing Syria's problems.

Following the seemingly intense discussions between Ankara and Washington on Oct. 17, Erdogan’s remarks Oct. 18 sounded rather reassuring for Moscow.

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