Russia calls on Turkey to reduce its military presence in northwestern Syria, in the de-escalation zone in Idlib. In particular, the meeting of Russian and Turkish military delegations in Ankara considered the issue of withdrawal of Turkish heavy weapons from Idlib, as well as changes in the regime of Turkish observation points in the region, writes the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat.
The Turks rejected Russians’ proposals to reduce Turkish observation sites but announced they were ready to discuss the reduction of heavy weapons in Idlib. Russia presented its proposals to settle the situation in this region of Syria, but the parties were unable to come to mutually beneficial agreements.
Turkish Armed Forces are monitoring the situation in the Greater Idlib area (it includes the provinces of Hama and Idlib, and partly Ladhiqiyah and Aleppo) through 12 observation points.
Ankara is delaying the implementation of its commitments under the Russian-Turkish memorandum signed on 5 March this year on the normalization of the situation in the Idlib zone in the northwest of the ATS.
– said the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova at a briefing in the Russian capital on September 17.