Turkey has reportedly summoned Russian ambassador Alexei Yerkhov was summoned to express its concerns over the recent strikes on terrorist targets (i.e. “Turkish-funded moderate opposition”) in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone.
“Yesterday, we held talks with the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Ankara at our ministry. Mainly, attacks in Syria were discussed. We expressed our fears and concerns. Special focus was given to the attack on the hospital. Similar concern was expressed by our military bodies to our Russian colleagues,” the source of Russian state-run news agency Sputnik reported.
The Turkish side insists that artillery and air strikes on positions and infrastructure on Turkish-funded terrorists in Greater Idlib violated the ‘de-escalation agreement’. At the same time, Ankara has no concerns regarding funding and supporting Al-Qaeda-styled groups in the region to promote its own interests.
Just recently, the Turkish Ministry of Defense blamed the Syrian military for the strike on a hospital in Idlib that alleged claimed five civilian lives and for another attack that reportedly injured seven people. Ankara is also very unhappy with regular strikes on Turkish-linked oil smuggling infrastructure in northern Syria as these strikes disrupt the looting of Syrian oil resources in which both Turkish proxies and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are involved.
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