Russian defense minister to visit Turkey

Russian defense minister to visit Turkey

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will visit Turkey on October 27, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said, adding that he expects to hold talks with Shoigu.

"Most heavy weapons and militants of radical groups have been withdrawn from the demilitarized zone in Idlib. On Saturday, we will have a chance to discuss these issues in detail with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. We expect that thanks to this effort our work [in Syria] will be more successful," the Turkish defense minister said in an interview with the Anadolu Agency.

Akar said that due to cooperation with Russia on Syria "the cases of ceasefire violations reduced by 90%."

The ministers will meet in the framework of the four-way summit between leaders of Turkey, Russia, Germany and France on the Syrian settlement in Istanbul on October 27, TASS recalls.