U.S. special representative for Syria James Jeffrey did not rule out supplying Turkey with Patriot missile systems for the conflict in Syria's Idlib, but said that Ankara had to "clarify" its position on the rival Russian S-400s.
During President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to his counterpart in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin, the fact that Putin made Erdoğan wait for two minutes in the Kremlin before meeting him created a storm on social media. What was particularly notable was the the stopwatch image on Russian state television that depicted how long Putin made Erdoğan and his delegation wait.
Murat Yetkin writes: It is a cliché to say “a photo tells a thousand words” but it is true most of the time. Does this photo taken when the doors opened after talks between Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan and his Russian host Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin tell anything positive and promising to you? Erdoğan will have to find a way to normalize relations with his European and American allies, considering that it can no longer rely on a permanent relationship with Russia.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on March 5 to discuss escalating tensions in the northern Syrian province of Idlib. The two leaders agreed on a new ceasefire in Idlib which will be effective starting at 12 a.m. on March 6.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin later today in Moscow. Erdoğan hopes his visit to Moscow will yield an immediate ceasefire in Syria's Idlib, said Presidential Spokesperson İbrahim Kalın. "We have broad relations and we're hopeful as we go to (Russia)," Kalın said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told Tass that Russia does not plan to go to war with anyone, but wants to dissuade other countries from engaging in conflict with Moscow. The publication of the remarks came amid rising tensions in Syria's Idlib region where Russia is backing Syrian government forces against Turkey.
The Kremlin on March 2 drew Turkey's attention to a warning from the Russian Defense Ministry that Moscow could not guarantee the safety of Turkish planes flying in Syria after Damascus said it was closing the air space over the Idlib region. A day earlier, a source in the Syrian Defense Ministry said on March 1 that Turkish F-16 fighter jets had downed two Syrian warplanes over the Idlib de-escalation zone, the pilots had ejected themselves.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan will visit Russia on March 5 for a one-day trip, the Turkish presidency said on March 2, amid tensions between Ankara and Moscow over escalating clashes with Syrian government forces in Syria's northwestern Idlib region. Erdoğan said that he hopes to achieve a ceasefire in Idlib in his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Christian Berger, the head of the EU's delegation to Turkey, extended the delegation's condolences to Turkey following the Syrian army attack on Turkish soldiers in Idlib. The European Council has called on all parties to put in place a sustainable ceasefire, guarantee the protection of civilians and fully implement their commitments under the Sochi Memorandum of 17 September 2018," Berger said.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Feb. 28 to discuss the implementation of agreements on Syria's Idlib province amid mounting tension, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. The leaders also agreed to try to arrange a top-level meeting soon, Interfax reported.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said that the attack on Turkish troops in Idlib were carried out despite coordination with Russia, adding that "even ambulances were hit in these airstrikes." Refuting Russia's claims, Akar said that there were no armed groups present around Turkish troops at the time of the attack.
A group of people on early Feb. 28 protested outside the Russian Consulate General in Istanbul against an attack that targeted Turkish troops in northwestern Idlib, Syria. “The whole world knows that Russia and [Syrian] regime forces were behind the attack,” said Sezgin Çelik, one of the protesters.
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has denied reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet in Istanbul on March 5. "President Putin has other work plans for March 5," he said. AKP spokesperson Ömer Çelik commented on Kremlin's remarks, saying that a date that would suit both leaders can be worked on.
While Ankara may not receive the solid backing from NATO that Turkey is seeking against Russia now, dialogue channels with NATO are stronger compared to other international institutions — for example, the European Union. Despite all the conflicts of interest and tensions that Turkey and European states, as well as Ankara and Washington, have endured, their links with NATO are still intact.
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.