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Erdogan called the situation in Idlib unacceptable to Ankara

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The situation in Syrian Idlib is unacceptable for Ankara, it takes measures to protect its interests, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

Earlier on Friday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated that Russia had given security guarantees to Turkish observation posts in Idlib.

“Attacks were made against our observation posts No. 9 and No. 10. After we discussed this situation with respected (President of the Russian Federation Vladimir) Putin, the necessary warnings were made. The situation in Idlib is unacceptable to us, we are taking all measures to protect our interests,” Erdogan told reporters in Ankara.

He added that a new wave of refugees from Idlib, due to the ongoing hostilities there, began to move towards Turkey.

After negotiations on Syria in Nur Sultan on August 2, a ceasefire regime came into force in Idlib.

The command of the Armed Forces of the SAR said it would stop the fighting provided that Turkey fulfills its obligations under the Russian-Turkish agreement reached in September 2018 in Sochi. The main point was the withdrawal of heavy and medium weapons of militants 20 kilometers from the demilitarized zone in Idlib.

Three days later, on August 5, the army resumed the operation due to failure to comply with conditions on the part of the gangs, which, taking advantage of the lull, made attempts to attack the positions of the Syrian army in the north of the province of Hama and repeatedly opened fire on residential settlements in that area.

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