Russia is not clear whether France and Germany will participate in negotiations with Turkey on the conflict in Syria. The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova doubted the need for such a format of discussions, RIA Novosti reports.
“The connection of other countries, especially the countries that, frankly, I can’t say, played any decisive role in the situation on the ground, raises the question: why is it, such a connection, necessary?” – said Zaharova at the briefing, commenting on the consultations between the Russian and Turkish sides.
She stressed that Moscow and Ankara have established ways to solve various issues, and it is unclear what benefit the countries will benefit from the involvement of representatives of Germany and France. Earlier on February 27, it was reported that one of Turkey’s demands in negotiations with Russia – open the airspace of Idlib province to Turkish strike and reconnaissance drones. According to the Turkish Defense Minister, the negotiations are progressing, and there is hope for their success.
On February 24, it was reported that more than 10 Turkish soldiers were killed in Idlib in an airstrike by the Russian Air and Space Forces. At the same time, violent clashes between militants and government forces in Idlib became known.
In January-February, the Syrian army occupied almost half of the Idlib de-escalation zone, leaving behind Turkish observation posts. The advance of government forces outraged Ankara. Erdogan said that if the Syrian troops are not withdrawn from the line of posts by the end of February, the Turkish army will launch a military operation. Russia, which has expressed support for Damascus’s action in Idlib, is trying to resolve the situation through negotiations, but so far the parties have not been able to agree.