Edrogan Threatens to ‘Directly Intervene’ if Damascus Violates Idlib Ceasefire
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened Tuesday that his country would intervene to stop Bashar Assad’s Syrian regime from violating the ceasefire in the northwestern province of Idlib.
"We hope the ceasefire in Idlib is lasting. Turkey is determined to prevent Assad regime attacks in violation of the truce," he said during the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) parliamentary group meeting in Ankara.
He added that as long as the situation in Syria continues to be a matter of survival, it is not possible for Ankara to take any steps back.
He said the world was still observing events in Idlib without making any efforts to find a solution.
The Syrian regime should allow the 400,000 displaced people to return to their homes, Erdogan demanded.
"We are not after adventure in Syria, Libya and the Mediterranean. We have no imperial desires nor are we blinded with greed for oil or money. Our sole purpose is to protect our and our brothers' rights and future," he stressed.
Meanwhile, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar admitted that Ali Mamlouk, Assad’s special security adviser, met with Turkey's intelligence chief Hakan Fidan in Moscow on Jan. 13.
On Sunday, Turkey and Russia reached a ceasefire in Idlib, forcing both the Syrian regime and opposition factions to hold the peace and refrain from attacking each other.
Akar told lawmakers at the Turkish parliament Tuesday: “Our hope is that peace comes and bloodshed stops in Idlib and Libya as soon as possible.”