Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan - Russia News - Turkey Headline Story

Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and his Russian counterpart discussed ways to reduce tension in Syria’s Idlib province, the Turkish Defence Ministry said on Tuesday, after the biggest military escalation in northwest Syria in nearly a year. Russia has backed the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Turkey has backed some rebels in Syria’s eight-year civil war, but they have recently worked together to try to contain fighting in the country’s northwest. That effort has been strained by the surge in violence in Syria’s last major insurgent stronghold in recent weeks. The offensive by the Syrian army and its allies, backed by Russia, has uprooted more than 150,000 people, the United Nations says, while rescue workers and civil defence officials say more than 120 civilians have been killed. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the attacks by Syrian forces a flagrant violation of a September ceasefire that had averted a government offensive. He said in a tweet on Tuesday it went counter to the spirit of Turkey’s efforts to work with Russia and Iran to reduce hostilities and casualties in Idlib and neighbouring areas. On Monday, rebels said they mounted a counterattack against government forces. A senior rebel commander said on Tuesday the offensive showed an array of rebel forces – from Turkey-backed rebels to jihadists – were still able to prevent the army from making major advances despite heavy air strikes. “We conducted this lighting offensive to show the Russians we are not easy prey and throw the…

* Continue reading the full article.

Sign In Register


Politicoscope

Welcome to Politicoscope.com the official home for world politics. Get the latest politics news: breaking news, comment, analysis, political guides and in-depth special reports on Nigeria and World politics.
Politicoscope

Subscribe to Newsletter

  • Stay up to date on news for: Russia, Turkey Keen to Reduce Tension in Syria’s Idlib
  • Get all the essential breaking news with expert analysis

You May Also Like

Find More News By Categories:

Comments are closed, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open.