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Turkish and Russian defense ministers discuss Idlib

Turkey and continue discussions and measures to alleviate tensions in northwest Syria on the latest developments in Idlib in coordination with the opposition of Russia’s defense minister.

Defense Minister Hulusi Akar held a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, on May 20th, following the first meeting of the Turkish-Russian co-working group on the issue of Idlib held in Ankara last week.

The Ministry of Defense discussed the regional security problems, especially the latest developments in Idlib province of Syria and measures to reduce the tension in the region under the Sochi agreement.

Mites and Shoigu, after a telephone conversation between the two countries’ presidents on May 13 since last week, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s Russian-backed Syria after a speech he expressed concern about increasing their assault on Idlib regime diplomatically they increased their participation.

Turkey, worried about a possible influx of refugees to the northern border of Syria. Ankara also warned that two observation points, two observation points in the south of Idlib, are facing security risks because of the attacks of the nearby region.

In early May, two Turkish soldiers were wounded by Syrian regime forces who bombed a spot at a Turkish observatory in Idlib. Following the ninth round of the Astana Peace talks, the Turkish Armed Forces identified 12 observation points in May 2018.

In September last year, Turkey and Russia, of Idlib definitely an act of aggression has agreed to a reduction of the conversion will be banned. However, the regime has consistently disrupted the conditions of the ceasefire, by constantly violating the conditions of fire reduction.

According to civil defense sources, at least 167 civilians died in Idlib since 25 April, when more than 41 April were wounded. At present, about 1.5 million people live in Idlib. Half of them were removed from other parts of the country, which was destroyed by civil war.

Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since the beginning of 2011 when the Bashar al-Assad regime repressed pro-democracy protests.

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