BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:00 A.M.) – Russia and Turkey have no plans to carry out a joint military operation inside Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told Vietnam’s national broadcaster Vietnam Television, China’s CCTV and Phoenix TV this week.
“We don’t plan to carry out any military operations in Syria that would involve Russia, Turkey and Iran,” Lavrov was previously quoted as saying by TASS news agency on Sunday.
“Russia and Iran are active in Syria at the invitation of the country’s legitimate government. Turkey has been citing its security concerns, but the Syrian government opposes the Turkish military presence,” he added.
Turkey and Russia were initially believed to be planning a military operation in the Idlib Governorate; however, it appears both parties are currently at odds over the future of this Syrian province.
The Syrian military is pushing to launch a big offensive in northwestern Syria, but as of now, they are unable to carry out any ground assault due to the large presence of Turkish troops in the Idlib, Aleppo, Latakia, and Hama governorates.