Turkey Pauses Syria Assault; Syria Will Respond to the Aggression; Russia and India Discuss Security
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 18 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Turkey agrees with U.S. to pause Syria assault while Kurds withdraw
Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a “safe zone” Ankara had sought to capture, in a deal hailed by the Trump administration and cast by Turkey as a complete victory.
The truce was announced by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence after talks in Ankara with Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan, and was praised by President Donald Trump, who said it would save “millions of lives”.
But if implemented it would achieve all the main objectives Turkey announced when it launched its assault on Oct. 9: control of a strip of Syria more than 30 km (20 miles) deep, with the Kurdish militia, once U.S. allies, obliged to pull out.
It was also unclear if the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) would fully comply with the agreement, which would leave Turkish forces in charge of a swathe of territory that the Kurds once held with U.S. military support.
Syria’a Assad says will respond to Turkish aggression on any part of country – state media
Syria will respond to a Turkish aggression on any part of its territory with “all legitimate means” available, President Bashar al-Assad said on Thursday according to state media.
The comments come after an agreement between Damascus and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces to fend off an assault launched by Turkey on northeastern Syria last week.
Russian, Indian security chiefs discuss strategic cooperation
Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev has noted the strategic nature of relations between Russia and India during Thursday’s meeting with National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India Ajit Doval in Brasilia.
Patrushev reminded that in early September, Russia and India signed a package of agreements aimed to enhance bilateral cooperation in various areas, namely in the sphere of security, during the Russian-Indian summit on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum. “This demonstrates the strategic nature of our bilateral partnership,” the Russian security chief said.
Russian Security Council Spokesman Yevgeny Anoshin informed that during the meeting, Patrushev and Doval “discussed Russian-Indian law enforcement cooperation in the sphere of cybersecurity.”
The Russian security chief is currently in Brazil on a two-day visit to take part in the annual Meeting of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) High Representatives for Security Issues, as well as to hold bilateral Russian-Brazilian talks.
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Source: Reuters, TASS