As part of the agreement, Turkish and Russian forces will conduct joint patrols along the M4 highway connecting eastern and western Syria and set up a security corridor on both sides. A Russian delegation arrived in Ankara on Tuesday to work out details. At a joint press conference after the talks, Putin said the deal would serve as a "good basis for ending the fighting" in Idlib and "ending the suffering of the civilian population." Ankara said Russia was not respecting a part of the agreement that did not guarantee attacks on Idlib and the status quo on the ground. The deal appears to achieve Russia`s main goal, which is to allow the Syrian government to take control of strategic highways essential to consolidating its grip on the country after a devastating nine-year war.