In Russia, expressed concern for the aircraft of the Russian Air Force in Syria


Recently сообщалосьthat Ankara is asking Moscow to open Syrian airspace for its military aviation. And now, the head of the Ministry of National Defense of Turkey, Hulusi Akar, informs the public that on February 27-28, 2020, the Turkish army, as a result of a massive attack on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), destroyed the Buk and Shell shell air defense systems in the Idlib de-escalation zone , 5 helicopters, as well as 23 tanks and the same number of field and self-propelled guns.


Hulusi clarified that the attacks were carried out using drones and artillery. This was done in response to the SAA’s strike on the Turkish military, which killed 33 Turkish soldiers and injured 32 more. However, the minister did not specify that the Syrians fired on upcoming militants in whose ranks "for some reason" were the Turkish military.

It should be noted that amid the aggravation of the situation in Syria, a significant number of expert opinions have appeared in the Russian media space regarding the further development of the situation. For example, an Arabist and a columnist for a publication Kommersant Marianna Belenkaya fears deterioration of Russian-Turkish relations. She suggests that Moscow is worried about the possibility of destroying in the sky above the Idlib "de-escalation" zone of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) aircraft. After all, this "will have to somehow answer." The expert explained that Russia and Turkey are continuing negotiations, but so far without results.

In turn, political analyst Andrei Kortunov, director general of the Russian Council on Foreign Affairs (INF), told the newspaper "Sight"that “the main task for Moscow in Syria is to prevent vertical escalation, i.e. the possibility of drawing Russia into conflict with Turkey. "

Now it is necessary to find conditions for the cessation of hostilities under which Assad and Erdogan will be able to declare victory. This is a specific demarcation in Idlib, which would allow Assad to guarantee the security of Aleppo and other territories, as well as allow Erdogan to say that he was able to stop the attack in Syria, protect the population of Idlib and prevent the flow of refugees to Turkey and Europe

- considers Kortunov.

Between Russia and Turkey there is a study of technical issues. At this level, compromise options regarding the modality of a ceasefire, territorial demarcation, and political cooperation can be worked out. For example, Turkey is asking Russia to open its airspace in Idlib for combat and reconnaissance drones. The Russian military has counterclaims, and here you can bring negotiations to a certain point

- added Kortunov.

Kortunov emphasized that there are no ideal solutions, as there will always be dissatisfied ones. He noted that the contacts between the military of Russia and Turkey are quite strong. Therefore, it all depends on the decision of the leaders of the two countries.

It should be recalled that although the Kremlin considers the situation in Idlib alarming, Moscow is not going to worsen Russian-Turkish relations.
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  1. gorenina91 Offline
    gorenina91 (Irina) 28 February 2020 18: 38
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    - Well, the political scientist Andrei Kortunov is explaining ..:

    This is a specific demarcation in Idlib, which would allow Assad to guarantee the security of Aleppo and other territories, as well as allow Erdogan to say that he was able to stop the attack in Syria, protect the population of Idlib and prevent the flow of refugees to Turkey and Europe

    - But who does not allow Erdogan to say this today ... - Ah, he is shy ...

    For example, Turkey is asking Russia to open its airspace in Idlib for combat and reconnaissance drones.

    - Yes, the Turks at one moment will tear down all this Assad’s SAA to the smithereens ... - They have already done such business in a short time, which our VKS could not do in 5 years ...
    - It seems that Russia is rapidly losing its rating in the political earthly world ...
    1. Conn Offline
      Conn (Conn) 29 February 2020 01: 31
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      Not Russia "loses its rating", but the leader of Siberian Cranes!
  2. Roarv Offline
    Roarv (Robert) 28 February 2020 22: 26
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    It’s time for the Turks - Erdogan to make a condition - Once the Turks transfer weapons, tanks, armored personnel carriers, Stingers to the Barmaley - All their captured weapons will be transferred to the Kurds, including the Stingers ..
    Let them choose .....
  3. Yuri Y. Offline
    Yuri Y. (Yuri Vladimirovich Yandulov) 28 February 2020 22: 29
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    Well, of course. We contradict each other. Well, virtuosos on our part are trying to do something. But what if. Yes, for .... Our ancestors butted them a hundred times.
    ))) I even heard the story when the British were gouging, they thought it was the Turks. Yes, damn it, let them pounce. To be honest, we don’t want anything, we have nowhere to go. ))) That's why they attack.
  4. Cheburashk Offline
    Cheburashk (Vladimir) 29 February 2020 14: 30
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    With this approach, Marianna Belenkaya generally needs to dissolve the army. After all, if, God forbid, any armed conflict, then they can knock out a tank, a soldier can die, and so on. Look at the history of relations between Turkey and Russia - the ambassador was killed, the plane was shot down, the terrorists are supported (Nusra). I do not call for war, but I must be prepared for it.