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Erdogan seeks to find positive solution on Idlib as he meets Putin in Sochi

Via RT

Moscow and Ankara must work out a “positive approach” to tackle the Idlib crisis in Syria, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan said ahead of holding talks with President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

The Turkish president noted that Putin demonstrated a positive stance on September 7 when the two discussed Idlib with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran. “I hope [Putin] will continue the positive stance also going forward,” Erdogan said, the Daily Sabah reported.

Erdogan asserted that all parties must seek common ground. “The outcome of our meeting with Mr Putin will be important,” he told reporters on Monday. “If the situation in Idlib continues as is, the results will be heavy. We have to find a solution with Russia and [the US-led] coalition forces without letting this happen.”

The leaders are set to hold talks in Sochi, south Russia to seek a common strategy on Idlib ahead of a possible Syrian government offensive. The situation on the ground is “complicated,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, acknowledging that Moscow and Ankara have “certain differences in approach” towards Idlib.

The disagreements between the nations were highlighted at the Tehran summit.

Turkey had called for a ceasefire in Idlib Province, warning of a possible high civilian death toll and a massive refugee influx into Turkey in the event of a large-scale government offensive.

In turn, the Russian president stressed in Tehran that Idlib Province is predominantly held by terrorist groups, such as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), a former Al-Qaeda affiliate, which poses a threat to the whole region.

“The terrorists are making attempts to undermine the ceasefire. Furthermore, they conduct various provocations, including those using chemical weapons,” Putin told reporters on September 7. He also noted that militants in Idlib had launched numerous attacks against both Russian and Syrian troops, as well as civilians.

While insisting that jihadists should be separated from “moderate opposition” in the region, Turkey vowed to cooperate with all nations in combating terrorism. “We fight against all terror groups. Similarly, we fight against terrorism in Idlib,”Erdogan said.

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john vieira
September 17, 2018

Everybody “fights against” ALL terrorist groups!!! Snicker, snicker…guess that is why the US/NATO created ISIS/ISIL – armed, aided and abetted them ( and still do so and come to their rescue when they find themselves in “difficult” situations…even evacuating them when necessary) so that they could fight them when they disobey orders…e.g. when Obama/Clinton warned the guys in Mosul…in other words head for Aleppo OR ELSE…some stayed put and they were treated to the “or else” even to phosphorous bombs…

September 17, 2018

Please stop trying to make Erdogan look like some kind of human rights champion. He has been, and continues to arm the jihadis, then he acts like he wants a peaceful settlement in Idlib. Erdogan is an obstruction to peace.

September 18, 2018

Erdogan speaks out both sides of this mouth as is customary for him to do.Get off the bloody fence because what he is doing will not add to his image at all.You can’t play both sides forever.I have a hard time understanding where his head is at.

Shaun Ramewe
Shaun Ramewe
September 27, 2018

A positive outcome for who – really?? The Turk-abetted sicko terrorists.

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