ANKARA, (BM) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a statement saying that he refuses the previously put forward demand for the cessation of the offensive operation of the Syrian army by the end of February, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
He issued an ultimatum to the Syrian army and Russia to immediately stop the offensive, saying that otherwise, huge losses will begin in Syria.
“Turkey demands an immediate withdrawal of the Syrian army from the Turkish observation posts in Idlib, Ankara will not wait for the end of February“, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday.
Erdogan said earlier that he had called on his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to put pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop the offensive in the Idlib province and withdraw from Turkish observation posts by the end of February, otherwise threatening with a military response.
“Until the regime’s forces go beyond the borders (de-escalation zones in Idlib – ed.) Defined in the Sochi agreement, the problem will not be solved. If they don’t leave, we will do this work without waiting for the end of February,” Erdogan said, speaking in Istanbul, RIA Novosti reports.
There is no official answer at the moment either from Russia or from Syria, however, experts believe that as soon as the Turkish military tries to go on the offensive, the Syrian army will immediately respond with large-scale attacks.
“All the largest checkpoints, observation and support bases of Turkish troops in Syria are under the sights of the SAA. If Ankara raps, the Syrian army will destroy most of the Turkish troops in minutes, and this is without any large-scale military operations,” Russian experts note.
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Source: RIA Novosti