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Turkish Foreign Minister: Recent Talks With Russia On Greater Idlib Were Not Productive

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Turkish Foreign Minister: Recent Talks With Russia On Greater Idlib Were Not Productive

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The recent Russian-Turkish talks on the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib were not productive, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu revealed in an interview on CNN Turk on September 16.

Cavusoglu hinted during the interview that the political efforts to solve Greater Idlib issue may end as a result of the current Turkish-Russian disagreement.

“As for Syria, we need to maintain the ceasefire in Idlib region first,” the Turkish minister said, adding “the ceasefire in Syria should continue and we should focus a little more on political negotiations.”

The minister said the situation in the Syria region is calm to some extent, noting that if military operations are resumed, political efforts will be over.

On March 5, Russia and Turkey reached a breakthrough agreement to stabilize Greater Idlib. Ankara is yet to honor its commitments under the agreement.

The new Russian-Turkish talks on Greater Idlib, which took place earlier this week, saw a serious disagreement between the two countries. According to RIA Novosti, Turkey refused to a Russian request to reduce the number of observation posts in the region.

Apparently, Russia pressures Turkey into honoring its commitments. If Ankara refuses to do so, Syrian government forces and their allies may resume their operations in Greater Idlib. This will lead to a military confrontation similar to the one that preceded the March 5 agreement.

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