Russian Air Strikes In Syria Kill Two Turkish Troops, Prompting Retaliation

Pedersen said Russian Federation and Turkey "can and must play a key role in finding a way to deescalate the situation now". You'd think even the most aggressive Turkish leader would try to avoid another one, but you'd be wrong.

Earlier Wednesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave what he called a "final warning" for Assad's forces to pull back from Idlib.

Moscow and Ankara back different sides in Syria's nine-year war that has killed an estimated 400,000 Syrians. He's not completely deranged. "And as the government offensive continues and people are forced into smaller and smaller pockets, I fear even more people will be killed", she said in a statement, adding that she is "horrified" by the unfolding humanitarian crisis.

"We do not aim for a face-off with Russian Federation. A (Turkish) offensive in Idlib is only a matter of time".

The deployment comes as Turkey announced Thursday it wanted no "face-off" with Moscow over Syria's offensive against terrorists near the two countries' border but said it might receive United States defense missiles to protect Turkish forces.

The Kremlin, which has supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's push with air strikes, said a clash between Turkish and Syrian forces would be a "worst-case scenario" and Russian Federation would work to prevent the situation from worsening.

Assad, while opposed to the democratic revolution in north and east Syria, is also anxious that Turkey will permanently occupy large areas of Syrian land. They are the last rebel-held areas in Syria.

That deal broke down a year ago for several reasons.

Syrian government forces made significant advances yesterday in the country's north-western Aleppo province, seizing most of the rebel-held region.

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Despite this, the Kremlin's official position was that no Russian troops were on the ground in Syria.Yet, in December 2017, President Vladimir Putin ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria.

Turkey, which supports rebels looking to oust Mr Assad, has been outraged since Syrian attacks in the Idlib region killed 13 Turkish troops in two weeks. They have succeeded, and Erdogan is very cross.

Syrian warplanes flew in the sky in a show of force and celebration.

The regime offensive has displaced nearly 1 million people, exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation in the province, with hundreds of thousands of people forced to sleep in the open despite the harsh winter conditions. It wasn't immediately clear if Turkish troops were participating in the attack. However, the two sides have worked together in recent years in Idlib province. If they can't, we can expect the spectre of the 2015 refugee crisis to rear its head again.

He repeated Turkey was not withdrawing its forces from Idlib. He thinks that he can deceive Russian Federation with his request for help from the U.S. and threatens Russian Federation while he knows that Russian Federation is the main party in Syria's Idlib. Some of them have been bombed by Assad's air force. Would it just sit by and let its Syrian ally be pounded from the air?

Given Moscow's strong foothold in Syria's airspace, there is virtually no chance for the Turkish military to confront the Syrian army, so that the Syrian army has the upper hand in this respect.

You can spin the speculation out endlessly - What would the Israelis do?

According to a communiqué by the website of the French President, Macron and Merkel have insisted on alerting Putin on the humanitarian situation affecting the civilian population in the Idlib province.

But "likeliest" is a long way from "certain". But they would win in the end, as they always do, making Russian Federation the paramount power in the eastern Mediterranean. There's always a silver lining.

  • Sonia Alvarado