Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan looks forward to meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks on the conflict in Syria’s Idlib. He called the agreed date – March 5,
According to the Turkish leader, Moscow and Ankara should find a solution to the problem as soon as possible. “We are discussing it at the highest level with both Putin and Russian counterparts from the intelligence community and the Foreign Ministry,” Erdogan said. He reminded that the offensive of government troops on pro-Turkish militants in Syria threatens Turkey with an influx of millions of refugees, so negotiations are continuing.
On February 23, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the Turkish side is not complying with the terms of the agreements reached at the meeting in Sochi in 2018. This is not the first time that Moscow and Ankara accuse each other of non-compliance with the conditions. agreements on Syria, including the Sochi memorandum signed in October 2018. Then the parties agreed to create several demilitarized zones in Syria, including in Idlib province, and not to conduct military operations in them.
The cooling in relations between Russia and Turkey in Syria occurred at the beginning of the year, when the Syrian army, backed by Russian forces, attacked opposition groups in Idlib. Turkey has taken such actions as hostile because it fears that it will result in an influx of refugees into its territory. In response, the Turkish army launched an offensive on February 20 but was stopped by Syrian troops.
On February 21, Erdogan also accused Russia of not fulfilling the Sochi agreements. This happened after a telephone conversation with a Russian colleague.