Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has intensified his threats against the regime in Syria. In the event of further attacks by President Bashar al-Assad’s troops on Turkish soldiers, Erdoğan wants to strike back in other regions of Syria. If even the slightest damage is done to Turkish soldiers, we will attack the regime’s forces everywhere today, without being bound by Idlib or the Sochi borders, “said the Turkish president.
Erdoğan referred to the ceasefire agreement signed in Russia in 2018. The agreement should include: Idlib a de-escalation zone arise. Turkey, which in Syrian civil war Islamist rebels supported, thereupon set up observation posts there. Nevertheless, the Syrian military launched an offensive on Idlib. It had reported large area gains in the past few days.
In the latest attacks, several Turkish soldiers were killed within a week. Erdoğan spoke of 14 deaths and 45 injuries. The Turkey launched counterattacks and claimed to have killed numerous Syrian soldiers.
Erdoğan threw Syria and his supporters “massacre”. They did not aim at terrorists, but directly at civilians. The aim is to force the population towards the Turkish border so that they can then “occupy the region without any problems”.
Russia rejects allegations
The Presidential Office in Moscow dismissed Erdoğan’s accusations. Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskow said terrorists continue to attack the Syrian army and Russian military bases in Idlib, despite Turkey’s commitment to destroy them. The Syrian army is not targeting civilians, but terrorists.
Russia assists Assad’s soldiers in Idlib with his air force Tensions with Turkey have tightened considerably. Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone about the situation. Both agreed that the Russian-Turkish agreements with Syria must be adhered to, said the Presidential Office in Moscow.