Turkey is ready to cooperate with Russia on the fight against terrorist groups in the Syrian northwestern province of Idlib, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ahead of his upcoming talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“If the situation in Idlib continues as is, the results will be heavy. We have to find a solution with Russia and the coalition forces without letting this happen. As you know, the US has a different position, however, we have previously held meetings with Germany and France. We are already in it together with Russia,” Erdogan said on Sunday, as quoted by Daily Sabah, a Turkish newspaper.

Erdogan stated that he had noticed Putin’s positive approach toward the resolution of the conflict during the trilateral summit held between the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey in the Iranian capital of Tehran on September 7.

“I hope he [Putin] will continue the positive stance also going forward,” Erdogan stressed, adding that he considered it necessary to eliminate terrorists, but not the moderate opposition, which is also operating in Idlib.

The Turkish leader added that the results of Monday’s talks would be essential for the problem to be resolved politically.

“The outcome of our meeting with Mr. Putin will be important. I also have visits to the United Nations General Assembly and Germany toward the end of the month. It is my wish that, with positive decisions made at these meetings, we will carry out the situation [in Idlib] to a new level,” Erdogan noted.

The president went on to say that although the situation in Idlib had recently stabilized, it was still far from being satisfactory, and this is why Turkey was going to reinforce its troops there.

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“It is true we have been strengthening our soldiers’ (presence) there. We cannot afford to have a weakness there, we will continue to strengthen them. If we do not enforce our monitoring posts, some others can take initiatives and as results of their actions civilians may be harmed,” he said, adding that the 12 observation points that Turkey had in Idlib were intended to protect “innocent civilians.”

Talks are set to be held in the Russian resort city of Sochi later on Monday. They will focus on the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone, which is one of the remaining strongholds of insurgency in the country.

While the Syrian government has eliminated terrorists in vast territories of the country, Idlib is still occupied by militants. Since late August, tensions have escalated in the region, with Russia claiming that terrorists were preparing a false-flag chemical attack there, set to provoke a Western intervention in the country.

The US, according to the Wall Street Journal, contends that Damascus plans to carry out an attack against civilians.

Turkey, along with Russia and Iran, is a guarantor of the ceasefire regime in Syria, and the administrations of the three countries are constantly seeking solutions to the Syrian problem, with the Tehran summit being just the most recent example.

 

Sources: Sputnik, Daily Sabah

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n.md.148
n.md.148
2018-09-17 12:06

zio turks cant be trusted

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2018-09-17 17:54
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Erdogan is not io, he’s allied with Khamenei, they pursue the same goal at dividing both Syria and Iraq between Turkey and Iran.

Sweet Robert
Sweet Robert
2018-09-19 07:08
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Nope he was allied with CIA and brought chemical weapons into Syria from the get go. Mossad is also up to their eyeballs in these crimes. Note all of Israeli involvement in conflicts with their Perceived enemies going back decades.

Piotr Rokosz
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Piotr Rokosz
2018-09-17 12:42

What means ”moderate opposition”?

Long Live Syria
Long Live Syria
2018-09-17 16:20

ErDoog and Turki is completely exposed and is in a weak position and now understood that they support Russia & Syria in eliminating the terrorists. Turki will pay a big prie for this anyway. The terrorists will also not take this betrayal lightly.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2018-09-17 18:02

Nope : terrorists will switch to Turkish-backed al-Zenki (the child beheaders) and let a few behind simulating a fierce resistance while the Turkis side will simulate havng a hard time and crush these in the end, looking good to public opinion while this is total BS and crapaganda.
Hey, they see Erdogan as the Mahdi, they will do anything for the anti-Christ.

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Gustavo
2018-09-17 18:01

¿ Really ? Turkey activities in Idlib indicate the opposed. Russia (Putin) must be in real conflict right now since Turkey must not have any intention at all to give back the conquered Syria land to its owner, and Turkey needs to protect its terrorists in Idlib in order to not create a big problem (terrorism activity) inside Turkey, when these terrorists knew that they have been betrayed.

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Soizic
2018-09-17 19:26

This article is laughing at us! What do you expect from the snake Erdogan?