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Erdogan Urges A ‘Political Solution’ To Syrian Offensive In Idlib Province

Aykan Erdemir
11th September 2018 - Quoted by Kristina Jovanoski - The Media Line

Turkey is urging a diplomatic solution to limit the flow of refugees from an immanent offensive by Syrian forces under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against rebel strongholds in Idlib province. Ankara’s actions, however, will be largely limited by what Moscow will do, analysts told The Media Line.

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"The ongoing Syrian offensive in Idlib province has highlighted another concern for Turkey: namely, that it cannot rely on an alliance with Russia, according to Aykan Erdemir, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former opposition member in the Turkish parliament.

He told The Media Line that Turkey’s failure to come to a solution during last week’s summit in Tehran showed that Erdogan’s government does not have much leverage in the face of Moscow’s vested interests in Syria.

“Erdogan has belatedly come to the realization that the more he pivots away from the transatlantic alliance, the less weight he has against the Assad regime and its patrons,” Erdemir concluded."

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