Erdogan vows a “strong” response to any attack on Turkish observation points in Idlib

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said today, Wednesday, that his country will respond “vigorously” to any attack on Turkish observation points in Idlib.

Erdogan vows Ankara’s response confirms that talks with Russian officials on Syrian Idlib are positive and constructive

He added, “Ankara will not only respond to the smallest attack that Turkish control points in Syria may be subjected to, rather we will respond with more force”.

He pointed out that “the operations that Turkey carried out in Idlib effectively for a whole month and the operation of the spring shield that it launched there, is an expression of our determination to prevent threats based on our borders.”

The Turkish president pointed out that the breach of the cease-fire in Idlib “started from now on even slightly, and we are waiting for Russia to take the necessary measures regarding this matter.”

Erdogan’s comments came in line with the Turkish Defense Ministry’s assertion that the talks held by the Turkish and Russian sides on the situation in Syria’s Idlib were “positive and constructive”.

For his part, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said today, Wednesday, that the talks held by the Turkish and Russian sides on the situation in Idlib, Syria, are “positive and constructive.”

Akar pointed out that the mutual meetings with the Russian military delegation continue, adding that Turkey plans and works to start conducting joint patrols with the Russians on the international road “M4” in Syria on March 15.

The Turkish Ministry of Defense reported, yesterday evening, Tuesday, the start of Turkish and Russian military delegations talks on implementing the agreement between the two sides to settle the situation in the Syrian Idlib region.

Earlier, Moscow announced that the Russian Minister of Defense, Sergei Shoygu, had a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, during which they discussed the situation in Idlib, Syria.

On March 5, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reached a package of decisions to ease tension in Syria’s Idlib, which includes declaring a ceasefire in the region from 01:00 on March 6, and establishing a safe corridor in specific areas of the M4 road.