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Turkish Defense Ministry Hints About Another Ceasefire Despite Erdogan Threats Of War

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Turkish Defense Ministry Hints About Another Ceasefire Despite Erdogan Threats Of War

Turkish forces are seen near Mount Barsaya, northeast of Afrin, Syria January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi

Turkey will take “measures” against any side that would violate Greater Idlib ceasefire, including radicals in the Syrian region, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said on February 13.

The Turkish Defense Minister made his statement while attending the NATO’s Defense Ministers Meeting in the Belgian capital, Brussels.

“We send additional troops to ensure a ceasefire and make it permanent, we will check the area. All kinds of measures will be taken against those who do not comply with the ceasefire, including radicals. Our reinforced observation points will continue to play an important role in monitoring the situation on the ground,” Akar told reporters, according to News 1.

Akar added that the Turkish military reinforcement recently deployed in greater Idlib will have a “permanent” role in the region.

The Turkish minister remarks about a ceasefire in Greater Idlib contradicts the recent threats of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A day earlier, Erdogan vowed to expel the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) from the vicinity of Turkish posts in Greater Idlib and restrict the operations of Syrian warplanes.

No new ceasefire in Greater Idlib has been announced, as for now. A Turkish military delegation is expected to arrive in Moscow today to discuss the situation in the Syrian region. A ceasefire could be agreed on during the meeting.

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