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Kremlin Views Turkish Operation in Idlib as Worst Scenario

Wednesday 19 February 2020

ST. PETERSBURG (TASS) — Turkey’s possible military operation in the Syrian province of Idlib would be the worst scenario, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters when asked what Moscow’s reaction would be if Ankara launched an operation in Syria.

“Let us not expect the worst scenario to become a reality”, the Kremlin spokesman said, adding “if it is an operation against Syria’s legitimate authorities and armed forces, it will definitely be the worst scenario.”

Russia will continue contacts with Turkey in order to prevent the situation in Idlib from escalating further, according to Peskov. “We are determined to continue to use our working contacts with our Turkish counterparts to prevent the situation in Idlib from escalating further”, he said.

When asked whether Moscow was satisfied with the latest agreements with Turkey on Syria, Peskov said:

We were satisfied with those agreements, which were reached more than a year ago in Sochi, and that was mutual satisfaction. However, we stopped being satisfied after militants and terrorists groups launched offensive operations against the Syrian armed forces and Russian military facilities from Idlib’s territory.

Furthermore, speaking in Moscow on Wednesday at a joint press conference with his Jordanian counterpart Ayman Al Safadi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that “no news demands” were made at talks between Russian and Turkish officials aimed at de-escalation of tension in Syria’s Idlib province.


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