Turkish president calls on Russia to stop supporting Syrian government forces

 Turkish president calls on Russia to stop supporting Syrian government forces

Erdogan said at a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party (SPD) party department that Russia should avoid the conflict between Turkey and Syria. He has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to let the Turkish army fight alone with the Syrian government army. We cannot understand Russias purpose of supporting the Syrian government army.

Since December last year, Syrian government forces, supported by Russian military forces, have engaged in fierce fighting with Turkish backed Syrian opposition forces in the northern Syrian province of Idlib, with heavy casualties on both sides. Since the end of this month, the intensity of the conflict between the two sides has increased significantly, and the situation in Idlib is in danger of being out of control.

According to Turkish media reports, the Turkish army was attacked by Syrian government forces on the evening of the 27th in Idlib Province, killing 33 people and injuring 32. Subsequently, the Turkish army destroyed five helicopters, 23 tanks and two air defense weapon systems of Syrian government forces in retaliatory strike, killing more than 300 soldiers.

On the 28th, Erdogan spoke on the phone with us president trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel respectively. Trump and Merkel condemned the heavy casualties caused by Syrian government air strikes on Turkish forces in Idlib Province, and urged the Syrian government and Russia to stop the offensive immediately.

On the same day, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that the Russian and Turkish representatives who are negotiating on the situation of Idlib in Ankara, Turkey confirmed that they will continue to fight against terrorist organizations identified by the United Nations Security Council in Idlib Province, strive to ease regional tensions, protect civilians inside and outside the degraded zone of the conflict, and provide humanitarian assistance to all those in need.

Syrias Idlib province borders Turkey and is the last major territory controlled by Syrian opposition forces and extremist organizations in Syria. In September 2018, Putin and Erdogan met in Sochi, Russia, and agreed to establish a demilitarized zone between Syrian government forces and opposition forces in Idlib Province, and Turkmenistan set up 12 observation points in Idlib in the name of monitoring the ceasefire.

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