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US allowed a military assistance for Turkey in Idlib

WASHINGTON, (BM) – The United States admits the possibility of military assistance to Turkey through NATO if Syria and Russia violate the truce in Idlib. This was stated by US Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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“We’re looking at what NATO can do here,” Jeffrey told reporters at a joint conference with US Ambassador to Turkey David Satterfield. The diplomat emphasized that even in case of violation of agreements, the use of NATO ground forces in Idlib is excluded.

He also recalled that the Turkish state should clarify its position on the purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems.

Earlier on March 10, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked NATO for additional assistance in connection with the situation in Syria. According to him, the heated conflict poses a threat to all of Europe.

Erdogan previously called the main goal of the presence of Turkish troops in Syria. According to him, this is necessary to ensure the territorial integrity and political unity of the Syrian Arab Republic (ATS) as soon as possible.

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The situation in Idlib, where the Syrian army launched a large-scale offensive in January of this year, escalated in late February. Turkey, whose observation posts were behind the front line, demanded that Damascus withdraw troops, strengthened support for its loyal militants and, after the death of several dozen of its military as a result of Syrian air strikes, announced the launch of the Spring Shield operation in the region.

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