Turkey rejects Russia’s offer regarding Idlib

A news source revealed that the Russian side had proposed Turkey to reduce the number of Turkish observation points in the Syrian province of Idlib, but Ankara refused.

On Wednesday, the source said in a special statement During the meeting held on Tuesday, at the Turkish Foreign Ministry’s headquarters, a proposal was made to reduce the number of Turkish observation points in the Syrian province of Idlib, but no understanding was reached in this regard.

The source added: “After the Turkish side refused to withdraw the Turkish observation points and insisted on keeping them, it was decided to reduce the number of Turkish forces present in Idlib and to withdraw heavy equipment and armaments from the area”.

The spokesman pointed out to the agency that “during the meeting of the Turkish and Russian military delegations, a mechanism for reducing the number of Turkish forces and withdrawing heavy military equipment from the region will be discussed”.

The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that two Turkish and Russian military delegations will hold a meeting on Wednesday, at the ministry’s headquarters in Ankara to discuss the situation in the Syrian province of Idlib.

In October 2017, the Turkish army completed the establishment of 12 observation points in Idlib, Syria, as part of the “de-escalation” agreement concluded between Turkey, Russia and Iran in the city of Nur Sultan (Astana) in September of the same year.