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Erdogan threatens Russia with unilateral actions in Idlib

ANKARA, (BM) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened that Ankara is ready to take unilateral actions in the Syrian province of Idlib if Russia refuses to fulfill its own obligations on this issue, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according news agency Anadolu.

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According to the Turkish leader, Ankara is only seeking the return of 3.6 million Syrian refugees from Turkey to their homes. He said that the country agrees with any decision that will secure the borders of Turkey and the population of Idlib.

At the same time, Erdogan emphasized that the Turkish side did not encroach on the territorial integrity of neighboring Syria.

On March 5, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, entered into an agreement according to which a ceasefire regime entered into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus was ready to use force.

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The reason for the Russian-Turkish summit talks was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began. Government forces managed to recapture almost half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and leave behind a number of Turkish observation posts. In this regard, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region, launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops, and increased support for the militants loyal to it.

In February, Turkey lost at least 62 military personnel killed, almost 100 soldiers were wounded, several dozen units of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than 10 drones were shot down, including drone ones.

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