Turkish, Russian Leaders Discuss Issues Of Syria’s Idlib

ANKARA, Turkey, May 15 (NNN-ANADOLU) – Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, discussed the situation of Syria’s Idlib over the phone, on Tuesday.

During the phone conversation, Erdogan expressed concern over cease-fire violations in the past two weeks, by forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government in the Idlib deescalation zone.

He said that targeting civilians, schools and hospitals could not be considered as fighting against terrorism.

Erdogan told Putin that tensions in the war-ravaged city aimed at disrupting the Turkish-Russian cooperation and harming the spirit of the Astana peace talks.

The two leaders also affirmed their commitment to the Sochi deal, agreeing to turn Idlib into a deescalation zone, in which acts of aggression would be strictly prohibited.

On Tuesday morning, Turkish Defence Minister, Hulusi Akar, also discussed with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Shoigu, the latest developments in Idlib, in a phone conversation, Turkey’s Defence Ministry said.– NNN-ANADOLU