Defense Minister Akar, Russian counterpart Shoigu discuss Syria in phone call

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In this August 24, 2018, file photo, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Intelligence Chief Hakan Fidan meets with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu. (AA Photo)
In this August 24, 2018, file photo, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Intelligence Chief Hakan Fidan meets with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu. (AA Photo)

National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and his Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu discussed Syrian crisis in a phone call, a Defense Ministry source told Anadolu Agency (AA).

Akar and Shoigu discussed regional security, the latest developments in Syria and bilateral cooperation during the phone call, according to sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.

Turkish and Russian officials have been discussing options to avoid a military escalation in northwestern Syria's Idlib province.

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu warned last week that that a possible military solution in Idlib would be a "disaster."

In an effort to restore calm in the region and improve the humanitarian situation in war-torn Syria, three guarantor states Turkey, Iran, and Russia launched the Astana process on Jan. 23, 2017, establishing de-escalation zones.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Bashar Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests – which erupted as part of the Arab Spring uprisings – with unexpected ferocity.

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