Erdogan, Putin Confer on Syria's Idlib situation
The Presidents of Russia and Turkey held a meeting in Moscow to discuss the latest developments in Syria's Idlib and finding ways to ease the current situation.
Iran Press/Europe: During the event on Thursday 5 March at the Kremlin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed the need to try to de-escalate tensions in Syria's Idlib region, saying the meeting with the Russian President Vladimir Putin is important in terms of analyzing the regional developments including the situation in Syria.
In Return, Putin said that the situation in Idlib Western Syria is so complex that it requires the direct talks.
"The entire world has its eyes fixed on us," Erdogan told Putin. "The measures and appropriate decisions we will take here will calm the region and our two countries."
"We need to talk about everything so that nothing like this happens again and it does not destroy Russian-Turkish relations, which I know you also value," Putin said.
Putin expressed his condolences for the deaths of Turkish soldiers in Syria, where dozens have been killed in recent weeks as Ankara for the first time launched a direct offensive against the Syrian Army.
Thursday's meeting in Moscow takes an even more crucial turn as it becomes a ground for salvaging a deteriorating relationship between two economic partners.
Before his visit, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he expected the talks with his counterpart Vladimir Putin to result in the rapid achievement of a ceasefire.
Russia, meanwhile, will try to maintain a tricky balance between sparing Turkey while supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
During the last weeks, the Syrian army has managed to liberate several areas and villages in the south and east of Idlib province. The province of Idlib is the last base of terrorists in Syria.
Syrian Army has reclaimed significant territory since launching a stepped-up offensive in December, including areas around some of the Turkish military posts in Idlib.
That has led to a series of confrontations, including deadly clashes this week that saw government shelling kill 35 Turkish troops.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened the Syrian government in recent days, saying the offensive violates a 2018 deal with Russia meant to prevent a broad military operation.