Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced an agreement on Syria following a six-hour-long meeting on Tuesday in Sochi. Russia and Turkey agreed on an extension of the ceasefire in the region for another 150 hours to evaluate the situation and make decision. Both sides also agreed to renew the Adana Pact which establishes a cooperation between Ankara and Damascus on border control. Turkey will be in control of the areas it has so far taken after its offensive began 9th October. The rest will be controlled by Russian military police and the Syrian army.
Safeen Dizayee, head of KRG Department of Foreign Relations said that talks between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Federal Government of Iraq had struck a pause due to Baghdad’s shift in focus to address recent violent protests in the country’s central and southern provinces. Iraq’s Parliament has announced that it would postpone sessions until protests in the country come to an end.
Real Madrid collected their first Champions League victory of the season at Galatasaray to ease the pressure on manager Zinedine Zidane. The La Liga team suffered a shock league defeat against Mallorca at the weekend and had failed to win their opening two group games, with reports suggesting Frenchman Zidane could be sacked if they lost in Istanbul. But Toni Kroos’ deflected first-half strike following Eden Hazard’s cutback was enough to seal the three points.