Turkey threatens to strike back, if the Syrian offensive in northwest continues
ANKARA, (BM) – The Turkish armed forces will resort to the previous strategy if the Syrian forces begin to advance in the north-west of Syria, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to the Anadolu agency, Cavusoglu warned that in case of violation of the Moscow agreements on Idlib, Ankara “will take the same steps that took place before the last visit of the Turkish leader (President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – IF) to Russia.”
Recently, disagreements have arisen between Moscow and Ankara over the Idlib de-escalation zone, where the situation has become much worse. Turkey accused the Syrian forces and their allies of attacking the peaceful targets and positions of the Turkish military in Idlib and demanded that Damascus withdraw its forces from the de-escalation zone. The Russian military, in turn, claims that the Syrian army in the Idlib zone is responding to militant attacks.
Another exacerbation of the situation occurred on the night of February 28. Turkish authorities reported that more than 30 Turkish troops were killed in Idlib as a result of a Syrian air force strike.
In response, the Turkish military from the air and land attacked the positions of the Syrian government forces. On March 1, Ankara announced that Operation Spring Shield is underway in Idlib.
On March 5, Erdogan paid an official visit to Moscow and held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The narrow and expanded meetings chaired by the presidents of Turkey and Russia lasted five hours and forty minutes.
Following the results of negotiations in Moscow, they reached an agreement on a ceasefire between the participants in the hostilities in Syrian Idlib, which entered into force from 00:01 on March 6.
In addition, leaders agreed on the establishment of six-kilometer-wide safety corridors north and six kilometers south of the M4 highway. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that “specific parameters for the functioning of the security corridor are agreed upon by the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Turkish Republic within seven days.”
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