Russia accuses Turkey of failing to create demilitarised zone in Syria’s Idlib, claims Ankara is helping militants instead

Russian defence ministry spokesman as saying 'terrorist' fortifications had merged with Turkish outposts in Idlib, resulting in daily attacks on Russia's Hmeimim air base in Syria

Reuters March 04, 2020 12:41:46 IST
Russia accuses Turkey of failing to create demilitarised zone in Syria’s Idlib, claims Ankara is helping militants instead
  • Russia accused Turkey on Wednesday of failing to meet its obligations under a pact to create a demilitarised zone in Syria's Idlib

  • Russian defence ministry spokesman as saying 'terrorist' fortifications had merged with Turkish outposts in Idlib, resulting in daily attacks on Russia's Hmeimim air base in Syria

  • The Russian accusation came on the eve of a Thursday meeting in Moscow between President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin

Russia: Russia accused Turkey on Wednesday of failing to meet its obligations under a pact to create a demilitarised zone in Syria’s Idlib province and of helping militants instead.

Russia accuses Turkey of failing to create demilitarised zone in Syrias Idlib claims Ankara is helping militants instead

File image of Russian President Vladimir Putin. AP

The RIA News Agency quoted a Russian defence ministry spokesman as saying “terrorist” fortifications had merged with Turkish outposts in Idlib, resulting in daily attacks on Russia’s Hmeimim air base in Syria.

Turkey had amassed troop numbers in Idlib equal to a mechanised division, violating international law, the Russian spokesman said. Turkish military spokesmen were not immediately available for comment.

The Russian accusation came on the eve of a Thursday meeting in Moscow between President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

They are expected to try to de-escalate tensions that have brought Turkey and Russia dangerously close to direct military confrontation.

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