Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened an even “more powerful blow” in the Syrian province of Idlib if Damascus’s government forces violate the ceasefire.
Speaking to the parliamentary faction of the ruling Justice and Development Party, Erdogan said that after the ceasefire was introduced in the province of Idlib, the population "sighed freely", but ceasefire violations have already begun. At the same time, he threatened Damascus with an “even more powerful blow” if the Syrian army violates the established regime of silence. According to him, Ankara seeks to turn a temporary truce into a permanent one.
The population of Idlib for the first time breathed freely. But ceasefire violations have already begun. We expect Russia to hold back the regime’s creeps. But if the word is not kept, then we will not back down and strike
- Erdogan quotes the Turkish media.
Earlier it was reported that Turkey began a phased withdrawal of heavy weapons from observation posts in Idlib.
Ankara began the gradual withdrawal of heavy weapons from observation posts in Syrian Idlib in accordance with the agreement of March 5
- said a Turkish military source.
At the same time, Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar praised the negotiations between the military of the two countries in Ankara. He noted that on Tuesday he had telephone talks with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, the parties agreed to maintain a ceasefire in Idlib.