Russian FM Lavrov said another round of consultations between Russia and Turkey is currently being prepared regarding Syria's Idlib. In response to the criticism of the Syrian army over its assaults in Idlib, Lavrov said within the framework of the agreements reached between Erdoğan and Putin, Moscow had never promised that “terrorists would not be retaliated” if they themselves initiated attacks.
A group of Turkish Circassians staged a protest in condemnation of recent remarks made by Russia's Turkey Ambassador Alexei Erkhov, the latter of whom referred to the 1864 Circassian Genocide as a “wonderful myth”. Members of the Caucasus Federations Association (KAFFAS) assembled at an Ankara park after a meeting with Erkhov failed to result in the apology that they were anticipating.
Cameroonian David Eboutou has said that he was wrapped in a stretch film in a Turkish Airlines flight. "They wrapped me in a way that I couldn't move. I had difficulty breathing. Three officers put me in a wheelchair and took me to the plane heading to Yaounde," Eboutou said. Following Eboutou's claims, Turkish Interior Ministry released a statement, saying that two inspectors were assigned to look into the issue.
"Several" Turkish soldiers were killed in Libya, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, as he confirmed that Ankara sent Syrian National Army militants to the war-ravaged country. "We have several martyrs, but in return we neutralized nearly 100 legionaries," Erdoğan said in a speech in the western province of İzmir on Feb. 22.
The U.S. State Department has extended condolences to Turkey following an airstrike that killed two Turkish soldiers and wounded five others in Idlib. "We send condolences to the Turkish government on the death of these soldiers. These attacks have now killed multiple Turkish personnel," a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said. "We stand by our NATO ally Turkey against these actions."
Khalifa Haftar, Libya’s eastern military commander, demanded that Turkey withdraw its troops and Syrian fighters before any halt to his offensive on the capital Tripoli. “A ceasefire (would be) the result of a number of conditions being fulfilled …the withdrawal of Syrian and Turkish mercenaries, an end to Turkish arms supplies to Tripoli, and the liquidation of terrorist groups (in Tripoli),” Haftar said.
The Russian Defense Ministry has said that Turkish military convoys with a length of several kilometers have been entering Syria's northwestern province of Idlib in recent weeks. It has also urged Ankara to allow Idlib residents to enter other parts of Syria.
During a phone call with his Russian counterpart, Turkish President Erdoğan said that the Idlib crisis can only be resolved by fully implementing the Sochi deal. Erdoğan also told Putin that the Syrian government forces must be "restrained" in Idlib, according to a statement released by the Turkish presidency.
Turkish Defense Minister Akar said the U.S. could send Patriot missile systems to Turkey to be stationed on the southern border in the face of ballistic missile threats from Syria, while at the same time Ankara plans to activate the Russian S-400 missile defense systems by spring.
Representatives of the ENKS on Feb. 19 met with Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu and expressed their concerns over a forced demographic change in northeastern Syria. "We said that we condemn practices which change the demographic structure of the region and that we are against this throughout Syria and especially in the Kurdish regions,” a member of the delegation said following the meeting.
An airstrike has killed two Turkish soldiers in Syria's Idlib, Turkish Defense Ministry said on Feb. 20. Amid the escalating situation, Turkey asked the United States to deploy two Patriot missile-defense batteries on its southern border to free it to punish any future attacks by Syrian troops backed by Russian air power, Bloomberg cited a Turkish official as saying.
NATO has shared a video detailing Turkey's role in the alliance and how the country became a part of it. "Every NATO member has an equal voice. We take decisions together. United, we are stronger and safer. We are committed to maintaining peace and stability for our citizens and we actively support NATO partner countries," a Turkish jet pilot says in the video.
Ankara and Moscow are discussing possible joint patrols as one way to reach a deal to halt fighting and stem an exodus of civilians in Syria's Idlib region, a Turkish official said on Feb. 20. The official said the talks with Russia had not been "completely without a result." The discussions had moved forward but reached no final decision, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Ankara has said that it expects German authorities to solve the case into the shooting rampage in Hanau that left nine people dead, including Turkish nationals. "We expect German authorities to show maximum effort to enlighten this case," Kalın said on Twitter, while calling racism a "collective cancer." Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, "If European countries fail to stop racism, it becomes very dangerous."
The Greek delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly walked out of the session in Brussels on Feb. 19 after its criticism of Turkey was repeatedly interrupted by the body’s acting president. "The acting president systemically interrupted our speeches and questions and stopped us from presenting our views… We concluded the presentation and the delegation left in protest against the president's stance", they said.