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Russia And Turkey To Establish Coordination Center In Syria’s Idlib


Russia And Turkey To Establish Coordination Center In Syria’s Idlib

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Russia and Turkey are currently working to establish a joint coordination center inside the de-militarized zone around the northern Syrian governorate of Idlib, according to Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.

“Turkey and Russia are working to create a joint center to coordinate activities in Idlib. Our work continues,” the Turkish Anadolu News Agency quoted Akar as saying on March 14.

Akar also revealed that Russia and Turkey signed a new agreement on Idlib on March 3-4. The defense minster said that the agreement “clarifies the joint work” between the two countries. However, he declined to provide addition information about it.

Last week, the Turkish military began to patrol the demilitarized zone in an attempt to reinforce the agreement with Russia. Despite this, radical militants continued to violate the agreement. Several civilians in northern Hama and western Aleppo were killed as a result of these violations.

The militants didn’t stop there. According to the Ministry of Defense of Russia, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) was planning to resume its drone attacks on the Hmeimim airbase. However, a wave of Russian airstrikes on March 13 foiled the terrorist plan. The Russian MoD confirmed that the airstrikes were coordinated with Turkey.

The recent escalation around Idlib reflected Turkey’s failure to implement the demilitarized zone agreement. However, it also showed the importance of the Russian-Turkish coordination and how it can minimize civilian loses and terrorists threats in the same time.

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  • Saddam Hussein

    I dont trust Turkey in this. The sooner the Syrian govt gets rid of the terrorists in Idlib then they can focus on reclaiming that kurdish occupied land.

  • Xoli Xoli

    Russia will end up bombing empty buildings just like in the beginning when their started coordinating with USA.

  • gustavo

    Nobody but Russia trust Turkey, in fact, Russia wants to please Turkey due to their economical and commercial agreements. Offensive on Idlib must start right away and must stop pleasing Turkey..

    • RichardD

      Do you have any verification from the Russia government that they even agreed to any of this? Because I don’t.

      • gustavo

        Take the Russian official declarations “support for de-miitarized zone,” take the economical and commercial agreement between Russia-Turkey, take Russia attitude on Idlib region (just since yesterday Russia started to attack terrorists), and take the Turkey behavior on Idlib. Those give you the evidences of what I am talking about.

        • RichardD

          You say that you don’t trust Turkey, and when Russia refuses to to verify this new agreement, you say that you do trust Turkey. You’re talking out of both sides of your mouth.

          Russia works with the US and Israel to. And is defeating both of them in this war. Your hypocrisy and constant criticism of Russia makes it seem like that what you’re really unhappy about is that Russia is winning the war.

  • RichardD

    There hasn’t been any confirmation from the Russian government on an extension and revision of the Idlib DMZ agreement. So that calls into question the veracity of these statements by the Turkish MOD. Which is part of NATO which has a long history of using disinfo.