Turkey will not allow Syrian gov’t to advance in Idlib region: Erdoğan

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Turkey will not allow the Syrian government to gain territory in the northwestern region of Idlib, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quoted as saying on Tuesday, a day after eight Turkish personnel were killed in an attack Ankara blamed on Syrian troops, according to Reuters.

Earlier, Turkey urged Russia to rein in Syrian government forces in Idlib after the attack rattled a fragile cooperation between the two countries, which back opposing sides in the war.

Speaking on a flight back from Ukraine, Erdoğan said there was no need to be in “serious contradiction” with Russia over developments in Syria for now, adding that Ankara and Moscow will sit down to talk about the issue “without anger.”

He also said he might call Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.

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