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Will the Turkish army start pulling back from Syria?

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As usual, Turkish diplomacy is going through yet another hectic period due to developments on multiple fronts.

On Dec. 11, Russian President Vladimir Putin paid a brief visit to Ankara after short trips to Syria and Egypt, having his third face-to-face meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in less than a month.

Putin issued two main important messages in his visit to Russia’s permanent military base Hmeymim in Syria on Dec. 11. Firstly, he said the “war on terror” in Syrian territory has nearly been accomplished, thanks to the Russian military intervention since September 2015. He also said he issued a formal order for the commencement of a gradual pull back of Russia’s deployment from the war-torn country.

It seems that Putin’s unannounced visit to Syria, a first since the........

© Hürriyet Daily News