Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 42nd Mukhtars Meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on December 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 P.M.) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to “get out of our way” in Syria, so that his forces can attack the Syrian military.

“I asked Mr. Putin: ‘what is your business there? If you establish a base, do so but get out of our way and leave us face to face with the regime,” Erdogan said, speaking to reporters in Istanbul, his comments cited by AFP.

Erdogan also warned that the “Syrian regime” would “pay the price” for the deaths of Turkish troops in Idlib, and said that if Russia left Damascus one-on-one with Turkey, “we will do what is necessary.”

Erdogan confirmed that Turkey had opened its borders with the European Union for Syrian refugees, and that some 18,000 migrants had already crossed the border into the EU. According to the Turkish president, Ankara could not “handle a new refugee wave” from Syria. Earlier, Turkish officials told media that Ankara had opened its borders with the European bloc amid the escalating conflict in Idlib.

“We have been saying for a long time that we are not obligated to accept such a number of refugees. You promised us assistance, but are doing nothing, so we opened our borders yesterday. 18,000 refugees have already passed through, and today this number will be 25,000-30,000, and we will not close our doors because the EU must keep its word,” Erdogan said, presumably referring to the March 2016 Turkey-EU migrant deal.

Putin and Erdogan spoke by telephone amid tensions in Idlib, the restive Syrian province where tens of thousands of militants remain concentrated, and where dozens of Syrian and Turkish troops have now been killed amid weeks of clashes.

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Assad must stay
Master
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Assad must stay
2020-02-29 12:33

Syria is not property of Turkey neither USA or NATO.
You have to GO HOME.

Stern Daler
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Stern Daler
2020-03-02 06:56

@ Assad, the Caliph of Ankara demands Aleppo, Homs, Hasaka, Mosul, Kirkuk, Mizrata, Skopje and the Crimea.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1232023437520048128

NATO has nothing to do with it. To get to Skopje the Caliph of Ankara must invade a NATO country.

Assad must stay
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Assad must stay
2020-02-29 12:51

You f*****g criminal of war.

OziGooner
OziGooner
2020-02-29 18:28

ErDOGan is a radical muslim version of Hitler in the making….

Prince Teutonic
Prince Teutonic
2020-02-29 13:39

This is a moment of truth for Russian army. If they abandon SAA and Assad all these effort they’ve put in will go to waste and Russia will be seen as paper tiger from now on…

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-02-29 14:06

Seems that the answer came with new VKS (RuAF) raids and Sputnik publishing an article on Antioch (Hatay) under the headline “stolen province”, with social media posts claiming that Hatay was Syria’s land and “under occupation”

Hayton
Hayton
2020-03-01 05:41
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Russia will not obey Erdogan’s order to “get out of our way”, true. But it has too few forces on the ground to counter the Turkish invasion, and if Turkey closes the Bosphorus to Russian ships then resupply and reinforcement of the Russian forces will be extremely difficult. There are ways to stop Turkey all-but-annexing Idlib (and Aleppo too, come to that) but they involve a highly risky escalation by Russia. Watch closely to see what happens next around Qamishli; a Kurdish city with a Russian airbase. Any attack on those by Turkey would be grounds for Russia to respond… Read more »

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2020-03-02 06:48
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@Hayton, if the Caliph closes the Bosporus – he will cut his Russian gas supply and have a cold winter. Turkey demands Aleppo, Homs, Hasaka, Mosul, Kirkuk, Mizrata, Skopje and the Crimea.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1232023437520048128

Over short or long someone must stop this madman.

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Stern Daler
2020-03-02 06:38
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@death 2, Stolen? The French sold it to Turkey.
The referendum in Hatay was rigged.

Flash
Flash
2020-02-29 15:27

Well, Erdogan scared the Americans and they got out of his way in Syria.
And Putin agreed that Turkey uses drones to annihilate the Syrian Army. And so far this is very effective, the morale of the SAA troops is down and rightfully so. Imagine fighting alongside a friend that gives permission to kill you. Can you count on this friend?

Sweet Robert
Sweet Robert
2020-03-02 20:27
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Americans still occupy NECorner of Iraq,Turkey,Syrian border.

Stern Daler
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Stern Daler
2020-03-02 06:20

EU must start to send Turkish expatriates home to the Caliph in Ankara.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-02-29 14:00

An EU + Russia + North-Africa + Gulf Monarchies + Israel alliance seems necessary to deal with Hitlerdogan. Doing a Chamberlain would be as stupid as it was with Adolf.

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Notonato
2020-03-01 07:47
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f**k Israel because it’s a criminal fake state!