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Turkey and Russia are struggling to sustain a Syrian cease-fire.If the cease-fire somehow takes hold, the aerial terror campaign against Syrian civilians by Russia and the regime will subside, and regime-opposition peace talks may begin in Astana, Kazakhstan.Two parties with real stakes in Syria – Turkey and Russia – decided to follow up quite ambitiously in the wake of their recent Aleppo cease-fire arrangements. If the cease-fire really takes effect and holds, Ankara and Moscow may get major pieces of what they seek in Syria.The absence of the YPG from the cease-fire gives Turkey a free hand to exclude the Kurdish militia from the corridor occupied by Turkish troops in northern Syria, and perhaps more.Keeping a PKK affiliate from establishing a Kurdish autonomous zone in Syria will remain a top Turkish priority, along with neutralizing a Daesh increasingly bent on executing mass-casualty terror operations in Turkey.The result is that the Assad death grip on Syria remains in place: A situation Ankara views as one that could, over time, still empty Syria into Turkey.
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