The two leaders agreed on joint measures to “normalize” the situation.
The leaders of Russia and Turkey on Tuesday expressed deep concern about the fighting in northwestern Syria. Ankara warns that it is ready to take the necessary measures to protect its troops in the region.
After talks in the suburbs, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan said they expected to work together to ease tensions in Idlib province.
“We and our Turkish colleagues are seriously concerned about the situation in the Idlib de-escalation zone,” Putin said during a joint press conference with Erdogan.
“We understand the concern of Turkey related to the security of its southern borders, we believe that it is the legitimate interests of the Republic,” he added.
Putin noted that the two leaders agreed on joint measures to “normalize” the situation in Idlib, but did not specify what measures are in question.
After months of massive bombing, the Russian – backed forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad launched an offensive in August on Idlib, Syria’s last major province that is not controlled by the government.
Turkish troops supporting some rebel groups in the fight against Assad are stationed in Idlib as part of the buffer zone that was agreed with Russia last year.
“The situation (in Idlib) has become so difficult that at the moment our troops are in danger,” Erdogan said.
“We don’t want this to continue. Any necessary measures will be taken as required,“ he added.