Erdogan: No one dares to establish new state in north Syria

Hannah Rogers
January 13, 2018

Ankara has also summoned ambassadors of Russian Federation and Iran for expressing displeasure on Damascus attacks in Idlib.

The Turkish foreign minister noted that Damascus could not have made big military advances without the active support of Russian Federation and Iran.

"If you are guarantors [of de-escalation] which you are, stop the regime", said the Turkish foreign minister in an interview with Anadolu news agency aired by the Turkish TV channels.

"This is not a simple air offensive".

Turkey protested the Syrian regime's advance into the rebel- stronghold on the grounds that regime troops are targeting moderate opposition in Idlib, arguing that the move undermined prospects of an upcoming meeting in Black Sea resort Sochi on January 29-30, where the regime and opposition groups will seek peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict. "They have a different intention". "If you are guarantors, which you are, stop the regime". The Russian embassy in Ankara did not issue any comments.

Russia's ambassador to Ankara, Alexei Yerkhov and Iranian ambassador Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard were called in to express Turkey's discontent over the continuing attacks in Idlib.

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Cavusoglu said 95 percent of the violations in Idlib were carried out by the regime and the groups backing the regime.

The two ministers praised progress that have been achieved in relations Jordan and Turkey in implementation of the directives of His Majesty King Abdullah II and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"We can not remain indifferent".

A previous attempt in November to convene talks in Sochi failed due to disagreements between the prospective participants.

Turkey is irked with Russian Federation for inviting Syrian Kurdish militia, the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG), which controls much of northeast Syria but is viewed by Ankara as a terror group and offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), to the planned meeting in Sochi.

Cavusoglu repeated Turkey's red line over its presence in Sochi by saying that: "We have said we will not be in any environment... where the YPG is present".

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