Politics 18:06 09/03/2020 Region

Erdogan threatens to resume operation in Idlib

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey reserves the right to unilateral actions in Syria in order to achieve the objectives of Operation Spring Shield if Moscow fails to meet its obligations, reports the Turkish news agency Anadolu.

"We have made an agreement with Russia to resolve the crisis in Idlib without further bloodshed. Otherwise, we will continue on the path that we have identified," Erdogan said , as quoted by NTV TV channel.
He noted that 59 Turkish servicemen were killed in Syria in the past month, and Ankara "neutralized" 3.4 thousand "elements of the regime (of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad)”.

After talks in Moscow on Thursday, the Erdogan and Putin announced a truce that which took effect in the region the following day at midnight.

"Our task is to prevent the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the region. We will make every effort to provide the necessary assistance to all those in need, and we will also ensure that refugees return to their homes," Russia's Interfax quoted Erdogan as saying.

At the same time, Erdogan stressed that Turkey reserves the right to retaliate in the event of an attack by Syrian government forces. Erdogan promised that Turkey would be in contact with Russia on this issue.



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