Idlib: Russians and Turks together
Turkish news channels reported the beginning of Ankara military operation in the northern areas of the Syrian province of Idlib. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country "works together with Russia", which "provides support from the air, and the Armed Forces of Turkey - from its territory." And he added that "Ankara will not allow the creation of new states on its borders," meaning, of course, Kurdistan.
Recall that 15 September Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed to establish a joint coordinating center and a contingent of security forces in the Syrian province of Idlib, which remains the only province in the country, almost under the control of radical Islamists. Now, the task of the control forces is to prevent fighting between the Syrian government army and the opposition forces in Idlib and "in certain parts of the neighboring provinces (Latakia, Hama and Aleppo).
Vladimir Putin meets with Iranian President Hassan Ruhani
Let's also note what almost all Turkish experts pay attention to. Ankara launched a military operation only after Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Turkey, and President Erdogan held talks in Tehran with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Ruhani. According to military experts, the Turks at the first stage expect to push An-Nusra (an organization whose activities are banned in the Russian Federation) from the border, without engaging in large-scale offensive operations. "Our goal is to completely prevent armed clashes," Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said. "We also want to promote the political process."
The US reacted curiously to the concrete military cooperation of Turkey, a member of NATO, with Russia. A spokesman for the US defense department Eric Pakhon said that Washington "supports the efforts of the Turkish side to combat terrorism, as well as steps to protect state borders." He also noted that "the north-west of the Syrian Arab Republic has become a bulwark for the terrorists of Al-Qaeda (an organization whose activities are banned in the Russian Federation), whose actions pose a threat to the entire region." Pakhon added that at present the US Armed Forces do not conduct operations in Idlib.
However, after the Americans announced at that very moment that they would stop issuing nonimmigrant visas to all diplomatic missions in Turkey in response to the arrest of an employee of the US Consulate General in Istanbul, Metina Topuza, on charges of "violation of the Constitution" and "an attempt to displace the government of the Republic of Turkey ", Many Turkish experts hinted at the fact that Washington" so avenges Turkey for military cooperation with Russia. " And it fits into the context of the current Turkish policy. A few hours after the demarche of the White House and Ankara, in response, announced the termination of the issuance of Turkish visas to Americans in all diplomatic missions in the United States.
In this regard, the well-known Turkish political scientist Hussein Gyuluće told Beyaz TV that "Turkey has got a lot to get in the Middle East after it entered the alliance with Russia and Iran in the Syrian direction, and when the US was withdrawn from the game in a diplomatic, political and military relations. " It also mentions that "everything that is happening is a symptom of a larger problem in relations between the US and Turkey," since the Turks have participated in all NATO operations in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Syria and Libya, and now Ankara is "abandoned by its Western allies ", and is compelled to go to a military-political alliance with the Russians.
On the other hand, Western experts say that "Turkey has never been the member of NATO that could rely on 100%" and "even in the fight against IGIL (an organization whose activities are banned in the Russian Federation) questionable ". But anyway, according to our impressions, President Erdogan is gaining more and more confidence as a politician right before our very eyes. According to analyst Boshkun Bashbug, "Putin did not betray Assad and does not betray Erdogan." Events in the region continue to develop.