Russian, Turkish Presidents Announce Syria Ceasefire

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands prior to their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool)

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan , say they have reached agreements that could end fighting in northwestern Syria.

They say a ceasefire will come into force in Idlib at midnight.

Putin also voiced hope that the deal would end civilian suffering and help contain a humanitarian crisis.

They did not elaborate, but said their foreign ministers would read a joint document later.

Putin said he and Erdoğan reached agreement on a joint document during talks in Moscow that lasted for more than six hours.