Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday threatened to quickly launch a military offensive in Idleb, in northwestern Syria, where clashes have opposed Ankara and Damascus forces in recent weeks.
Summing up again the Syrian regime to withdraw from certain positions in Idleb by the end of February, Erdogan said: “These are our last warnings (…) We can arise one night without warning. To put it more explicitly, an operation in Idleb is imminent ”. The Kremlin immediately warned Turkey against military intervention targeting Syrian forces in this region.
“If it is an operation against the legitimate power of the Syrian Republic and the armed forces of the Syrian Republic, it will, of course, be the worst option,” the Kremlin spokesman said yesterday. , Dmitri Peskov, during a telephone briefing with journalists.
Turkish threats come after talks between Ankara and Moscow, sponsor of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, have so far failed to ease tensions in the Idleb region. “Unfortunately, neither the discussions in our country and in Russia nor the negotiations on the ground have allowed us to get the result we want,” said Erdogan.
Damascus forces, supported by the Russian air force, have been working hard in recent weeks to retake this last rebel and terrorist stronghold, an offensive that has caused the exodus of more than 900,000 civilians fleeing the fighting.