Erdogan warned for ‘an even more powerful strike’ on Syria
ANKARA, (BM) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned of a possible retaliatory strike against Syria should Damascus continue to attack its positions in Idlib, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Anadolu agency.
“We will not only respond to the slightest attack on our observation posts, but in this case we will deal an even more powerful blow,” Erdogan said. He added that Turkey is closely monitoring the ceasefire.
Earlier, the Turkish leader said that Ankara is only seeking the return to their homes of 3.6 million Syrian refugees from Turkey. 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 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.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish summit talks was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale attack 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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