Turkish authorities seek to use the crisis in Syria’s Idlib province to create permanent Turkish military presence in the Arab Republic, says Andrey Baklanov, deputy chairman of Russian Diplomat Association Council.

“Event in Idlib revealed Ankara’s real intentions. These intentions are to use the unique ‘historical chance’ – the crisis and the war in Syria – to permanently deploy its military contingent on this state’s territory,” the expert told TASS.

The Turkish government justifies its policy by the alleged threat of “Kurdish militants” infiltration, but have no real evidence of such events, Baklanov said.

He reminded that Ankara has commenced engineer reinforcement of three enclaves in northern Syria with a total area of 8,000 square kilometers. Besides, Turkey conducts a so-called ‘civilian development’ of Syrian territories: it forms government bodies out of Damascus’s control; the schools begin teaching Turkish language.

“Ankara has no interest for the situation in these enclaves to become subject to international study and opinion. To that extent, maintaining of ‘high temperature’ of Idlib conflict seeks, among other things, to distract attention from what is happening in Northern Syria,” the analyst continued.

Russia’s Reaction

According to Baklanov, Russia finds itself in a complicated situation. He reminded that during discussion of military assistance, Moscow said that the assistance would be provided to combat terrorism and that Kremlin would refrain from taking part in “beef of regional countries.”

Turkish actions, “who openly coordinates with the terrorists,” force Russia to “determine the parameters of its military and political behavior” in this highly dangerous situation, the expert says, adding that he believes that Moscow’s reaction must be hard enough.

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“’Flexible’ tactical policy on [Russia’s] western border has failed to prove itself. NATO’s advancement and increase in its activity near our borders continued through all these years. We cannot allow Russian positions to be ‘undercut’ from the south as well,” he opined.

Moscow’s energetic and initiative position on Syrian affairs “with well-calculated and optimal force component” has led to growth of Russia’s international authority.

“It would be important to continue this policy in interests of strengthening of our national security,” he underscored.

 

Source: TASS

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FairsFair
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FairsFair
2020-03-05 16:18

And that is why the Turks were so surprised at the rapid advancement of the SAA with RuAF help in rolling back the Turkish backed jihadis in Idlib. No terrorists, no reason for Turkey to remain in the area. Hence, the Turks having to come out from behind the jihadis to actually put thousands of their own troops on the ground in Syria together with armaments, tanks and other vehicles to try and stop the Syrians recovering their own territory.

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JulioCesar
2020-03-05 17:02

Erdogan, the terrorist sultan with his ISIS allies, ALQAEDA and others, after killing Syrian soldiers in Syria, destroying military equipment, bombing their cities and declaring, that the Syrian city of Idlib now belonged to Turkey. Taking advantage of a unilateral truce from Russia, leaving its allies in Syria and Iran unprotected. Now he declares that he wants a ceasefire and that will agree with Russia. What madness of this paranoid criminal, who has destroyed Syria for 9 years, now the Russians have to tell him that there is no problem with the ceasefire and that he can keep his armed… Read more »

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-03-05 20:02
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He wants MUCH more! This is what Turkish minister Akar published on his Twitter account on Oct. 14 2019 :
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They want to steal lands from :
– Syria
– Iraq
– Armenia
– Azerbaidjan
– Iran
– Cyprus
– Greece
– Bulgaria
Actually, it’d even mean the end of Armenia and Cyprus as countries
Reminds me about the land claims of a dude who also wore a moustache prior to WW2
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Willy Van Damme
Willy Van Damme
2020-03-06 12:46
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It shows the very agressive nature of the present Turkish Leadership. They are mad.

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FairsFair
2020-03-05 16:19

And that is why the Turks were so surprised at the rapid advancement of the SAA, with RuAF help, in rolling back the Turkish backed jihadis in Idlib. No terrorists, no reason for Turkey to remain in the area. Hence, the Turks having to come out from behind the jihadis to actually put thousands of their own troops on the ground in Syria together with armaments, tanks and other vehicles to try and stop the Syrians recovering their own territory.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-03-05 20:07

It really doesn’t takes an expert to state that Turkey is into stealing lands an resources from their neighbours. In their arrogance, members of the Turkish regime even made their intentions public!
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