According to Kremlin statement on Tuesday, The Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan had the opportunity to talk about the latest developments and assess the overall ongoing situation in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta during a telephone contact of theirs.
In addition, Erdogan informed the Russian head about Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch in the Syrian region of Afrin and the two officials also talked about “joint strategic projects in energy sector”, as Reuters reports.
Russian military plane crash
Meanwhile, Russia lost 39 of its servicemen who were onboard a military cargo plane which crashed on Tuesday, not far from a Syrian air base. The Russian side responded rapidly, saying, according to Reuters that “the plane was not shot down and blamed the crash on a technical error.”
The safe passage to rebels promised by Moscow
Russia’s Defence ministry has offered Syrian rebels with their weapons and their families, a safe way out of eastern Ghouta, “setting out a proposal to let the insurgents surrender their last major stronghold near Damascus to President Bashar al-Assad, which fighters have so far rejected”, Reuters reports.
Although the Russians explicitly said where the rebels could head to, through a Defence ministry statement, they did guarantee them this: “The Russian Reconciliation Centre guarantees the immunity of all rebel fighters who take the decision to leave eastern Ghouta with personal weapons and together with their families”, adding that they will provide them with the necessary means of transport and have the whole route guarded…/IBNA