Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared his readiness to launch a military operation in Syria’s Idlib. He said this while speaking to party members in parliament, TASS reports.
According to him, the beginning of the operation is only a matter of time, it can start at any moment. “Turkey has completed its preparations to implement its plan for Idlib, as we have done in previous operations,” the head of state explained. Erdogan stressed that Turkey will not leave Idlib to the mercy of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and intends to turn the region into a safe zone for both Turkey and the Syrian city.
The Turkish leader reminded them that he is not satisfied with the negotiations with Russia to resolve the conflict, as they have not yielded the desired results at the moment. “Despite the continuation of negotiations on Idlib, Turkey and Russia are still far from reaching an agreement,” the president added. Negotiations between Russia and Turkey were held in Moscow for two days in a closed to the media mode and ended on February 18. Moscow and Ankara have agreed to continue negotiations on Idlib. The parties also decided to reduce tensions, ease the humanitarian situation in the region and continue the fight against terrorism.
In January, the Syrian army, despite a ceasefire initiated by Russia and Turkey, stepped up its efforts against the militants in Idlib. The last groups of the armed opposition and those whom Damascus considers terrorists are concentrated there. As a result of the offensive, government forces managed to occupy almost half of the Idlib de-escalation zone.