ANKARA, February 15 (Reuters). Turkey has fulfilled its responsibilities in the northwestern Syrian region of Idlib in accordance with the agreements with Russia and Iran, Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Saturday after violence had increased in recent weeks.
Turkey and Russia support the opposing sides of the conflict and agreed in 2018 to set up a de-escalation zone in the region. A Syrian government offensive disrupted fragile cooperation between Ankara and Moscow after 13 Turkish soldiers had been killed in the past two weeks.
Oktay told NTV that Turkey was determined to stop the Syrian government’s progress in Idlib, and repeated the threat that Ankara would use military force to push Syrian forces back if they did not withdraw by the end of February. He said Turkey communicated its position on Idlib to Russia during the talks. (Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu)