Turkey’s Erdogan Demands Syria Hand Over Its Northern Territory to His Regime

Turkey’s Erdogan Demands Syria Hand Over Its Northern Territory to His Regime

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Erdogan rules Turkey with an iron fist, imprisoning or otherwise eliminating critics.

He covets control of northern Syria, what his cross-border aggression is all about, on the phony pretext of combatting terrorism.

Days earlier, he demanded that Syrian forces halt liberation of areas in Idlib province and surrounding areas controlled by US/Turkish supported jihadists — vowing to use force if his demands are ignored.

He’s at impasse with Russia over this issue. Talks to resolved differences failed, another round scheduled for Monday.

According to Turkish foreign minister Cavusoglu, Erdogan regime officials will visit Moscow to try resolving bilateral disagreements on northern Syria, adding:

“We wish to accomplish this via diplomacy in the meetings we have held and will hold with Russia.”

“We want to see visible support from Germany and the other European countries and the European Union, as we saw from the UK and the US.” 

“If we can’t stop this, there will be a great humanitarian tragedy.” He warned of “other steps” if diplomacy fails.

Turkish vice president Fuat Oktay falsely claimed that the Erdogan regime “fulfilled its responsibilities in Idlib,” polar opposite the case.

Throughout the war, Turkey supported and continues support for anti-Syrian jihadists, providing them with heavy and other weapons, giving them safe haven cross-border in its territory, Turkish soldiers aiding them on the ground.

Russia’s Defense Ministry accused Turkey of breaching its agreed on obligations in Syria, saying:

“The real reason of the crisis in Idlib’s de-escalation zone is, unfortunately, the (Erdogan regime’s) failure to adhere to (its) commitments on” combatting terrorists, supporting them instead.

The situation in Idlib is “exacerbated by the arrival of weapons and ammunition in the deescalation zone via the Syrian-Turkish border, as well as the arrival of Turkish armored vehicles and troops” in the area.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that Syrian forces are combatting terrorists in the country, their fundamental right and obligation to eliminate them, Russia providing aerial support.

After earlier unacceptably demanding that Syrian forces halt their liberating campaign in Idlib by end of February, Erdogan on Saturday demanded their immediate withdrawal from areas close to illegal Turkish observation posts in the country, adding:

“If they do not leave, we will do this work without waiting until the end of February.”

On Sunday, AMN News reported that Tur

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