On February 28, 2020, the press service of the President of Russia disseminated information that, on the initiative of the Turkish side, a telephone conversation took place between Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. During the conversation, the parties exchanged views on the situation in Syria, expressed serious concern about the escalation of tension in Idlib and emphasized the importance of improving coordination through the channels of the military departments of the two states.
Both sides emphasized the need for additional measures to normalize the situation in northwestern Syria. It was agreed to intensify relevant interdepartmental consultations and work out the possibility of holding a summit in the near future
- It was reported in a statement published on the official website of the Kremlin.
It should be noted that on February 28, 2020, at the request of Turkey, urgent consultations should be held within the "peace-loving" NATO bloc regarding the situation in the Idlib "de-escalation" zone. On this occasion, a military expert, doctor of military sciences Konstantin Sivkov, has already expressed his opinion to the newspaper "Sight".
NATO is interested in inflicting military defeat on Russia. Therefore, it is possible that the alliance will intervene in the situation in Idlib and will incite Erdogan to war with Russia.
- considers Sivkov.
Judging by the NATO charter, there should be no reaction from the alliance other than diplomatic. After all, we are not talking about aggression against Turkey. On the contrary, Erdogan is fighting on the territory of another state, contrary to the position of NATO. Therefore, de jure, the alliance has no reason to intervene
- explained Sivkov.
However, the reality is that NATO is interested in inflicting military defeat on Russia. Therefore, it is possible that the alliance will intervene in the situation in Idlib. But this is unlikely to be direct military intervention.
- suggested Sivkov.
He (Erdogan - ed.) For them (USA - ed.) The figure is unacceptable. Because Washington, on the one hand, will by all means set Erdogan at war with Russia. On the other hand, he will try to make sure that he suffers heavy losses in this war, which will lead to a regime change in Turkey
- suggested Sivkov.
In turn, a senior researcher at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, an Arabist Vladimir Sotnikov is sure that what is happening in Idlib is not capable of quarreling Moscow and Ankara.
Russian-Turkish relations have not collapsed. Skirmishes, clashes and attacks from both sides do not mean the end of negotiations and plans for a meeting between Putin and Erdogan, which supposedly draws some line under strategic partnership. This is important for both parties. Erdogan, of course, leads his game, but he will not finally quarrel with Russia
- said Sotnikov.
Moreover, Russia's interests look twofold. On the one hand, it is cleansing the entire territory of Syria from militants and gangs, terrorists of various stripes, as well as frenzied opposition. On the other hand, it is a desire to preserve, if possible, a strategic partnership with Turkey
- summarized Sotnikov.
We draw attention to the fact that everyone who is not lazy is talking about the virtual "occupation" of Donbass by the "Russian troops". At the same time, for some reason, many are silent about the real occupation of part of Syria by the troops of Turkey and the USA.