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Leaders of Russia, Iran, Turkey discuss Olive Branch Operation

April 04, 16:25 UTC+3 ANKARA

On January 20, Turkey declared the launch of Operation Olive Branch against Kurdish units in Syria’s Afrin region

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ANKARA, April 4. /TASS/. Turkey’ Operation Olive Branch was discussed "in a pragmatic manner" by the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey during their talks in Ankara, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said on Wednesday.

"The topic has been tackled, but the discussion, I would say, was pragmatic," he told reporters, noting "there was nothing negative" during the discussion.

On January 20, Turkey’s General Staff declared the launch of Operation Olive Branch against Kurdish units from Self-Defense Forces (incorporated in the Syrian Democratic Forces) and Democratic Union Party in Syria’s Afrin region, home to 1.5 million Syrian Kurds and other Syrian refuges. Ankara brands these two groups as terrorist.

On March 18, Turkey’s General Staff said that the city of Afrin had been retaken and on March 24, it said that they were controlling the entire region of Afrin located in northwestern Syrian.

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