Turkish, Russian foreign ministers discuss Libya, Syria

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoglu spoke with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov over the phone on Saturday, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The pair discussed the situation in Syria, Libya and Iraq, as well as other recent developments in the region, Anadolu said citing diplomatic sources. 

The phone call follows a move they Turkish parliament to approve a bill on Thursday to deploy troops to Libya to help the U.N.-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) against a renewed offensive on he besieged capital by General Khalifa Haftar forces, which are backed by Russia, among other countries.

In Syria, Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels on Oct. 9 launched an offensive in Kurdish controlled northeast targeting the People’s Protection Units (YPG). The YPG has withdrawn from the region after Ankara reached separate deals with Russia, which backs Syrian President Bashar Assad, and the United States.