Iran addressed Turkey: ‘Our patience over the situation in Idlib is running out’

TEHRAN, (BM) – Iran’s leadership broke the silence and ultimately warned the Turkish armed forces that Tehran’s patience and stock of “loyalty” over the situation in Idlib is running out.

The message was transmitted to Ankara through the Iranian Military Advisory Center (MAC) in Syria, learned citing Iranian and Syrian sources and Iran Front page news portal.

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In it, in particular, it was indicated that Turkey continues to deliver massive artillery attacks on positions of the pro-Iranian militia, despite Tehran’s incredible restraint.

Rational approach

The MAC’s statement said the Iranian side was urging Ankara to take a “rational approach” to the Syrian Idlib problem, which in turn would serve the interests of two peoples – Syria and Turkey.

“Our leadership gave the order not to open fire on the Turkish military. This saved their lives, because their manpower and equipment were within the reach of our artillery. In response to such a clear peace move, Turkish forces continue to shell our positions” says the communiqué circulated by the IAU.

Thus, Iran made it clear that it no longer intends to tolerate shelling of its bases and can easily avenge the damage inflicted, which would become an unbearable burden for Turkey, since fighting on two fronts (and taking into account the Russian factor, even three) is not enough who can do it.

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Such an appeal by Tehran, experts say, contains an offer to Ankara to save face. It is not yet known whether President Recep Erdogan will use it, the choice of methods of which is constrained by domestic political circumstances in Turkey itself.

Sparing mode

According to news agencies, on Sunday, March 1, Erdogan had a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani. Naturally, the topic of discussion was the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Obviously, Iran’s statement regarding the shelling was made against the backdrop of fruitless negotiations between the leaders of the two countries. As a matter of fact, the circumstances indicated by the IAU reveal one problem, the pressure on which can very quickly change the situation in Idlib in the direction unpleasant for Ankara.

So, in Tehran they say that they could hit closely located targets of the Turkish Armed Forces, but do not. Something similar happens with the Russian-Syrian combined forces: some of the “observation” posts of the Turks are in the full operational environment of the SAA forces, which do not open fire on them, although they themselves suffer from constant shelling in the back.

This is openly written by Russian and Syrian military commissars.

So what does such a sparing regime mean for Turkish forces? Backstage arrangements or an attempt not to exacerbate an already difficult situation? Perhaps such vulnerable goals can become a weighty argument in the talks between the leaders of Russia and Turkey in Moscow on March 5.


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