New: A daily newsletter defining what matters in business and markets

Stories

Russia and Turkey agree to demilitarized zone in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan shaking hands with Vladimir Putin
Turkish President Erdogan (L) shaking hands with Russian President Putin (R). Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to establish a 9- to 15-mile demilitarized zone in the Syrian province of Idlib to separate rebel fighters and Syrian government forces, reports BBC News.

Why it matters: Idlib is the last rebel stronghold left in Syria. The United Nations has warned that an offensive by the Syrian government could lead to a massive humanitarian disaster, with more than 30,000 civilians already displaced by attacks last week.

More stories loading.