Turkey, Russia pledge allegiance aiming to end Syrian war

The two have reconciled since, notably cooperating on Syria and backing a ceasefire in December, which significantly reduced violence in the war-wracked country.

The U.S. and Russian Federation moved this week to block a threatened drive by Turkey to seize Manbij, a town in northern Syria about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Turkish border.

The Russian leader hailed the joint efforts on Syria, crediting the coordinated actions of Russia, Turkey and Iran for "considerably lowering the level of violence".

Russia and Turkey are set to extend their military coordination in Syria after a meeting in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday.

Turkey has also accepted an apology from Moscow over a Russian airstrike on Turkish troops in Syria, which Russia claimed was accidental.

"Unless something changes, I foresee a train wreck here, and I'm not sure that the administration recognizes how seriously, particularly, [Turkish] President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan views the threat that the Kurds pose", said McCain, who visited Erdogan in the Turkish capital city of Ankara in February.

But Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said military action by Turkey would not make sense unless coordinated with the United States and Russian Federation. In Manbij, "the U.S.is raising a flag, Russian Federation is raising a flag nearby, things have turned into a flag competition", Yildirim said in an interview with ATV television late Monday.

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) cautioned Thursday that he foresees a "train wreck" between the Turkish government and Kurdish militants in Syria if more is not done to mediate tensions between the two USA allies.

The Portland, Oregon-based aid group said Ankara gave no reason for the sudden halt.

Erdogan has taken an opposite stance on Assad. The Times of London illustrates its coverage of USA and Russian troops in Manbij, Syria, with that very image, noting that this is the closest cooperation on the battlefield between Moscow and Washington since World War II.

After the hearing, Votel told reporters he believes Turkey and the Kurds are getting the message that the focus needs to be on fighting ISIS, not each other, through the USA presence in Manbij. Now, on Turkey, the two powers appear to have taken a tactical joint stance.

No further details were available of the meeting being hosted by General Hulusi Akar.

"It is a measure of the success that forces are having in countering the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria that the conversation is necessary", the U.S. Defense Department said in a statement. A staunch opponent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Erdogan was hoping to bully his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies into removing him, but the United States baulked and instead backed Kurdish rebels. "Turkey and Russian Federation intend to combine their efforts in the fight against terrorism", he said. "It's important to get a buffer between the Turks and Kurds so ISIS can be beaten", he said. A Pentagon official said, yesterday, that the USA troops are in Manbij to "reassure and deter".

Erdogan said the process would be "accelerated" when Russians pay with Mir.

But in recent weeks, Turkish and Kurdish forces in the area have begun clashing with each other.

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