Shelling in Idlib: Ankara found an excuse to strengthen presence in Syria

Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in a telephone conversation confirmed the need for observance of the agreements on the Syrian area of de-escalation in Idlib province. The Ministers held talks after the incident, which occurred near the city of Sarakibe. The Turkish group, are not saying the Russian military about their manoeuvres, came under fire from Syrian government forces.

Another escalation in Idlib province, Ankara accuses Damascus of a premeditated attack on the Turkish military during the offensive, units of the Syrian army in the area of highway Hama-Aleppo. Arab Republic troops already in the vicinity of the settlement Sarakibe, and it is the last fortified area of militants on M5 highway in Idlib.

Turkey is already building the fourth observation post, in fact, a strong point of this city. Moreover, building a sense of urgency. Ankara, apparently, found a reason in order to increase the activity of its armed forces in Syria.

Turkey’s President has accused government forces in the attack on the Turkish military. In Ankara, said that as a result of the Syrian strike, eight soldiers were killed.

“Our retaliatory purposes become about forty points. As a result of retaliatory fire destroyed about 30-35 people. But this is not the end. The operation continues,” said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish media reported strikes on Syrian army positions using artillery and aviation. There was information that Turkey used the F-16 aircraft in order to meet the Syrian army.

But at the Russian centre of reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria denied these reports.

“the Airspace over Iglinskiy areas of de-escalation is constantly supervised by the Russian space forces. Air force planes of Turkey state border Syria violated, strikes against the positions of Syrian troops is not fixed,” — said at the Russian Centre for reconciliation the warring parties in Syria.

Idlib Province for several years, an enclave of international terrorism. In the area of de-escalation act of grouping and the so-called moderate armed opposition, which Turkey controls, and radical terrorist organizations. The terrorists constantly provoke the Syrian army firing on human settlements, trying to break through the defense at the line of contact. In addition, the militants launch attack drones from the zone of de-escalation, trying to attack the Russian airbase Hamim. But the defense system of the base destroys the drone of the terrorists.