On the verge of war: what is happening between Turkey and Russia on the Syrian issue

На грани войны: что происходит между Турцией и Россией по сирийскому вопросу

“Apostrophe” has collected fresh details about the conflict in Idlib.

The conversation Putin and Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to intensify contacts. This was stated by Minister of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov.

“The conversation was detailed, he was devoted to the need to do everything to fulfill the original agreement in the area of de-escalation” – Lavrov said.

“They discussed the possibility in the near future to make the necessary contacts at a particular level. Literally half an hour ago said that the Russian and Turkish negotiators who yesterday and the day before was working in Ankara, agreed to continue work today,” – said Lavrov.

Putin and Erdogan also agreed to explore the possibility of meeting soon at the highest level.

What they say in the United States and NATO

The Turkish foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held a Thursday night telephone talks with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Following the discussion, the representative of the head of the Alliance Oana Lungescu said that Stoltenberg condemns the military strikes the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Idlib and calls for an end to attacks: “All parties should help to reduce tensions, prevent further deterioration of this very dangerous situation and the appalling humanitarian situation that has developed in the region.”

Brussels has started an emergency meeting of the NATO Council at the ambassadorial level on the situation in Idlib.

The situation in Idlib discussed by telephone the Secretary of defense mark Esper and Turkey Hulusi Aakar.

“During the meeting the parties discussed the rough aggression of the Assad regime in Idlib, which is supported by Russia and Iran, and which has led to a humanitarian crisis in North-West Syria”, – is spoken in the message of the Pentagon.

“We are studying the possibility how the United States can work together with Turkey and with the international community”, – said the head of the Esper.

The U.S. evaluate the most effective ways to support Turkey against the background of the crisis in Idlib.

“In Idlib we want that Turkey would protect the people from Assad… Turkey is our ally. We are on the same side in many areas, but especially in Syria, we are concerned about all of the things that makes Assad attack on Idlib, people in Idlib again,” – said the U.S. permanent representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison.

She also expressed hope that the Syrian strike in Idlib will force Ankara to revise its relations with Russia and to abandon the Russian systems s-400.

“I hope that President Erdogan will see that we are allies of their past and their future and they need to abandon the s-400. They see what Russia is, they see what they are doing now. And if they attack Turkish troops, it would outweigh everything else that happens between Turkey and Russia,” she said.

Russia’s Reaction

Russian Senator has made a statement that Russia does not want war with Turkey.

In turn, the defense Ministry said that during the shelling in Idlib on February 27 hit the Turkish units that were “in combat formations of troops and terrorists”, and Ankara warned about the whereabouts of their military.

“However, according to the Turkish side handed over to Russian reconciliation Centre coordinates any units of Turkish armed forces near the settlement Begun was not and should not be”, – said in a statement.

“In the past days representatives of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the warring parties constantly been requested and confirmed from the Turkish colleagues the coordinates of the location of all units of Turkish armed forces near the areas of fighting terrorists. Immediately after receiving information about the victims of the Turkish military, Russia has taken exhaustive measures for full cease-fire by Syrian forces, ensure the safe evacuation of dead and wounded Turkish soldiers on the territory of Turkey,” – said the defense Ministry.

Something went wrong

The Turkish defense Ministry said that the strikes on the positions of the Turkish military in Idlib struck despite the coordination with the Russian side, which Ankara has indicated in advance the locations of its parts .

“At the time of air strikes on the positions of the Turkish military in Idlib, in this sector there were no armed opposition groups,” – said the Turkish defense Ministry.

The Minister Hulusi Akar noted that the strikes have continued despite warnings from Ankara. While the steel targets even the military ambulance.

In turn, the foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that between the military of the Russian Federation and Turkey established regular contact on the situation in Idlib.

“Transferred to Turkey, Russia coordinates Idlib did not contain data about the Turkish military who have been shot by the Syrian military,” – said Lavrov.

However, he added that Moscow extends its condolences to Ankara in connection with the death of soldiers.

The overlap of the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles, and the Russian s-400

Turkey is considering the possibility of overlapping of Bosporus and Dardanelles for the passage of warships. The decision about blocking the Straits may be taken on the basis of articles 20 and 21 of the Montreux Convention of 1936 regarding the regime of the Straits, which give Ankara a “threat of immediate military danger”.

Also Turkey can postpone the deployment of Russian anti-aircraft missile systems (WRU) s-400, which was previously scheduled for April.

Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on defence Yury Shvydkin hopes that Turkey will not go to extreme measures, such as the overlap of the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles to Russian warships.

“I think that Turkey at the present time, you need to refrain from aggressive plans against various military actions and military rhetoric against our state or any other state, particularly in Syria at the moment,” he said.

Svitkin does not exclude that “loitering some in the Bosphorus will be.”

Refugees go West

Press Secretary of the ruling Party of justice and development Omer Celik said that Turkey will no longer prevent Syrian refugees in their attempts to reach Europe:

“Migration policy of Turkey remains unchanged, however, we are no longer able to hold back the refugees.”

The network has already appeared video as Syrian refugees cross the border of Turkey and Greece.


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