Russia and Turkey agreed to coordinate ground operations in Syria after the shock announcement of a US military withdrawal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a statement on Saturday December 29th after meeting with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Moscow.
"Of course we paid special attention to new circumstances which appeared in connection with the announced US military pullout," AFP cited Lavrov as saying.
"An understanding was reached of how military representatives of Russia and Turkey will continue to coordinate their steps on the ground under new conditions with a view to finally rooting out terrorist threats in Syria," Lavrov said.
For his part, Cavusoglu confirmed the two countries would coordinate Syrian operations, adding they also discussed plans to help refugees to return home.
President Trump has said that Washington would withdraw all present troops in Syria, upending a pillar of American policy in the Middle East and alarming the US's Kurdish allies who face the threat of a new offensive by Turkey.