Russia Turkey Agreement Idlib

Moscow, for its part, said Turkey was violating the agreement by supporting “illegal armed groups” and accused Turkish forces of mingling with “terrorists” in Idlib. When the humanitarian situation deteriorated in Idlib, where nearly 3 million people lived before the government offensive, several other ceasefire agreements were reached, but none were successful. Erdogan probably wanted to stop Assad`s offensive in Idlib and keep territory under his de facto control as part of a 2018 deal brokered by Russia. Russia wants to restore a balance in the region, which probably reflects the territorial gains of the Syrian army, without rotting its relations with Turkey. In recent years, Turkey and Russia have had to sit down several times at the negotiating table to reach an agreement on opposition-held areas in northwestern Syria. However, despite these agreements, the situation in the region, particularly in the northwestern province of Idlib, has only worsened and no clear solution is in sight. In September 2018, Russia and Turkey agreed on an agreement that had postponed a planned Syrian regime offensive on Idlib and other areas near the Turkish border. Under the agreement, Turkey was required to withdraw all extremist groups from the province, some of which are allied with the terrorist group Al Qaeda. “The fact that we are in agreement with the agreements brings hope for the future. We are moving forward,” the official said on condition of anonymity. Ankara said Russia was not fulfilling part of the agreement that did not guarantee attacks on Idlib and the status quo on the ground. A Russian delegation arrived in Ankara this week to discuss the details of the agreement.

The ceasefire came after Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed last week in Moscow to end an offensive launched last year by the Syrian government to recapture Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold in the war-torn country. The agreement would effectively preserve some of the territorial gains made by Russian-backed Syrian forces during a three-month offensive in Idlib, the country`s last rebel stronghold, while keeping a Turkish foothold in the region. “We have largely agreed. For the time being, the attacks are stopped, the ceasefire holds “, was quoted Akar by its office. “ Joint patrols will depart on March 15 along the M4. Our colleagues are discussing the details. The deal was announced after about six hours of talks between Putin and Erdogan in the Russian capital. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is standing alongside his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan, said he hoped their deal would lead to a halt to military action in Syria`s last major rebel stronghold in the northwest of the country. Some experts doubt that this agreement is different from the agreements between Ankara and Moscow on Idlib, which have not been successful.

As part of the agreement between the two leaders, Russian and Turkish forces will begin joint patrols on a major Idlib highway.