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World Turkish Delegation to Visit Russia for Talks on Idlib Clashes

13:35  15 february  2020
13:35  15 february  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

Russian air strikes kill 5 civilians in Syria: monitor

  Russian air strikes kill 5 civilians in Syria: monitor Russian air strikes Monday killed at least five civilians in the last major opposition bastion in northwestern Syria bringing the death toll to 25 in less than 24 hours, a monitor said. © Ibrahim Dervis/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images IDLIB, SYRIA - FEBRUARY 9: Damaged areas are seen after Russian and Syrian regime forces carried out airstrikes in northwestern Syriaâs Idlib de-escalation zone, killing at least 17 civilians, on February 9, 2020. The White Helmets said areas near Idlibâs city center and villages were targeted.

Turkey will send a delegation to Russia on Monday to discuss the latest developments in Idlib , where Syrian regime forces killed more than a dozen Turkish Turkey would prefer to resolve the issue through diplomacy with Russia , but is ready to take the “necessary steps” should those efforts fail

A Turkish delegation will visit Russia in the coming days to discuss the situation in Idlib , northwestern Syria, Turkey 's top diplomat said on Feb. [Earlier,] a Russian delegation visited Ankara and held meetings twice," Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said. The minister's remarks came during a joint news conference

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Turkey, Russia Standoff in Syria Endangers Millions of Refugees

  Turkey, Russia Standoff in Syria Endangers Millions of Refugees Turkey dispatched a delegation to Moscow for another round of talks aimed at forging a cease-fire agreement in Syria, where relief agencies warn that proxy wars could cause the worst humanitarian disaster in the nine-year conflict. At stake is control of Idlib province, a patch of land the size of Delaware that is the last stronghold of Turkish-backed rebels resisting the regime of President Bashar al Assad, which is backed by Russia.The battle for Idlib represents a test for Turkey’s geopolitical gambit to reposition itself away from the U.S.

(Bloomberg) -- Turkey will send a delegation to Russia on Monday to discuss the latest developments in Idlib, where Syrian regime forces killed more than a dozen Turkish soldiers in two separate attacks this month.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this week called for troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to pull back from areas surrounding Turkish outposts in Syria. The forces, who are backed by Russia, face paying a “heavy price” for their actions should Turkish troops come under fire, he said.

Turkey would prefer to resolve the issue through diplomacy with Russia, but is ready to take the “necessary steps” should those efforts fail, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in televised remarks in Munich, Germany, where he’s attending a security conference.

Read: Turkish Military Pours Into Syria to Block Idlib’s Fall (1)

To contact the reporter on this story: Onur Ant in Istanbul at oant@bloomberg.net

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Russian and Turkish Defense Ministers Discuss Syria’s Idlib .
Russian and Turkish defense ministers discussed the situation in Syria’s city of Idlib after leaders of both countries agreed intensify consultations. © AAREF WATAD/AFP via Getty Images Residents watch as a Turkish military convoy that crossed from the border with Syria, passes through the Syrian rebel-held town of Hazano in Idlib's northern countryside, on February 22, 2020.

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