Stopping attacks by the Syrian regime is the responsibility of Russia and Iran as guarantor states of peace, Turkey‘s foreign minister said on June 16, hours after an Assad regime attack on a Turkish observation post in northwestern Syria.
He stressed that Turkey “will teach them their place.”
On June 15, the Turkish military sent reinforcements to another observation post in Idlibnear Zawiya, which was targeted by regime forces last week, leaving three Turkish soldiers wounded.
Although Turkey and Russia have agreed to stop acts of aggression and turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone, the Syrian regime has consistently violated the cease-fire, launching frequent attacks inside the de-escalation zone.
Syria has been locked in a vicious civil war since early 2011, when the Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests.
Since then, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and more than 10 million others displaced, according to U.N. officials.
S-400 defense system issue
Tensions between the U.S. and Turkey have simmered over Ankara’s purchase of the S-400s.
Washington claims the purchase will jeopardize Turkey‘s role in the F-35 fighter jet program and has threatened sanctions.
Turkey has said there is no conflict between the S-400 and the F-35 and has called for a working group to clarify the issue.
Ankara is set to take delivery of the first S-400 as early as next month.
Hurriyet Daily News