Russian, Turkish Presidents Announce Syria Ceasefire

MOSCOW (AP) -
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.