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.
"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.
A number of allegations have recently surfaced over Adnan Tanrıverdi, a former security aide to President Erdoğan. Tanrıverdi is said to oversee SADAT, a shadowy paramilitary group close to the President. Allegations of the company’s involvement in the combat training of the jihadist paramilitary groups loyal to Turkey go further to suggest that SADAT pushed for the current escalation in Idlib. Can it be compared to Iran's Revolutionary Guards?
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."
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.
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.
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.
The U.N. envoys of the United States, Britain and Germany on Feb. 19 called on the Syrian government to end its attacks on Turkey's observation posts in Idlib at a Security Council meeting in New York.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is seeking to ensure a humanitarian catastrophe does not befall northwest Syria's Idlib province, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Feb. 18, adding that Washington and Ankara are "working together" to determine what can be done amid a Syrian army offensive. A day later, Erdoğan said that a military operation in Idlib was a "matter of time."
HTS was supposed to have been eliminated with the Sochi Agreement. But HTS swept the groups Turkey was supporting and formed its own emirate in Idlib. They have now reunited with the “revolutionary” spirit of pre-2015. The story is this clear. This is the profile of Turkey's ally in the field.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has said that disagreements between Moscow and Ankara over Syria’s Idlib will have no impact on the deliveries of S-400 missile defense systems. A senior U.S. official also commented on the issue, saying that strains between Turkey and Russia over Idlib appear not to have shaken Turkish plans to deploy the S-400s, despite a threat of U.S sanctions.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has praised the good ties between Moscow and Ankara, adding that the countries will sometimes disagree. "We have a very good relationship with Turkey. It does not mean that we must agree on all the issues," he said. "I strongly believe that in the relations between any two countries there cannot be a complete consensus on any problem," Lavrov added.
A Turkish delegation will visit Russia next week to hold talks on clashes in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu said on Feb. 15. Turkey wants to solve issues with Russia over Idlib through diplomacy but will take other “measures” if necessary, Çavuşoğlu said.