A Russian expert reveals the reasons for the dispute between Russia and Turkey in Idlib, Syria

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“The reasons for the Russian-Turkish dispute in Idlib, Syria, is that Turkey does not implement the agreements concluded with Russia,” said Boris Dolgov, senior researcher at the Russian Oriental Institute.

He pointed out that “the agreements stipulate Turkey’s action towards the exit of armed and radical groups from Idlib, which was not implemented by Turkey and the terrorist groups remained in Idlib, which carried out military operations against the Syrian government army and some attacks on the Russian base in Syria.”

He pointed out that “the actions that Turkey is currently undertaking in Idlib are outside the agreements with Russia,” stressing that “there should be discussions and meetings between representatives and officials from Russia and Turkey to resolve these existing differences,” noting that “this is not acceptable at the present time from Turkey”.

Concerning the clashes between the American and Syrian forces, he considered it “among the American policies in Syria that work against international law because there are no reasons for the presence of American forces in Syria.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier that he called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to put pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to stop the attack in Idlib province and withdraw from Turkish observation posts by the end of February, otherwise Turkey would make a military response.

In May 2017, Turkey, Russia, and Iran announced that they had reached an agreement on the “de-escalation zone” in Idlib, and there are 12 Turkish observation points in this region based on the Astana agreement.

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