Syrian regime bites from demilitarized zone, Russia watches Turkey's crises

The Syrian regime forces, with Russian support, continue to advance in the countryside of Hama and bite off the demilitarized zone formed under the Sochi Agreement. While Russia is following with interest the Turkish-American agreement in relation to Ankara's internal affairs and Erdogan's fears of a new military coup against him as well as splits in his party.


On Saturday morning, Arab newspapers touched upon the situation in De-escalation zone in Syria and the internal situation of Turkey.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Damascus to bite off the "buffer zone" in Idlib

Regarding the Syrian issue, Asharq Al-Awsat reported on the situation of the De-escalation zone and continued that "Syrian regime forces, backed by Russian aviation, continued to advance north of Hama and bite off the "buffer zone" formed under the Sochi agreement between Russia and Turkey last September.

Informed sources said that Russia has deployed T90I tanks to support the regime forces in its battles in northwestern Syria, in addition to hundreds of raids on different areas in the countryside of Hama, Idlib and Lattakia.

Six soldiers of the Syrian regime and their loyalists were killed in an operation carried out by the opposition National Liberation Front along with other fighters on the axis of Rasho hill in Jabal al-Akrad in the northern countryside of Latakia, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Russia watching Turkey's crisis and preparing for Erdogan's fall scenarios

Turkey, Al-Arab newspaper said, "The almost complete Turkish turn towards Russia does not raise the questions of Western countries alone, but these questions extended to the Russian media, which began to monitor the secrets of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rush to the Kremlin, which seems an angry reaction to Washington's positions, But in depth, it reveals the fears of the Turkish president for his fate and anticipation of a sudden coup in response to the policy of zero friends that is followed in his surroundings.

According to the newspaper, "Russian media showed great interest in the US-Turkish agreement on the" buffer zone "east of the Euphrates, and its relationship with the internal affairs of Ankara and Erdogan's fears of a new military coup, as well as growing splits within his Justice and Development Party and the possibility of being isolated from the leadership also the ruling party. "

"The Russians understand that strong Turkish threats, which inspire confrontation and challenge a country the size of the United States, always rise when diplomatic negotiations reach a dead end, and that the goal is to extract gains from an American administration that does not seem ready to escalate in the region, but in parallel refuses to hand over its Kurdish allies." .

Russian media emphasize that Turkey is not ready for a military confrontation with the United States in northern Syria, and that it is linked to the internal situation of Turkey, which is not going to benefit Erdogan, which leads to escalation and intimidation of opponents under the banner of unity and Turkey's higher interests.

Political analyst Said Gafurov wrote that Erdogan wants to occupy the army for fear of turning against him, amid a serious internal crisis in the country. "The Turkish president needs the war itself, not the victory, the political situation in the country is unstable, and the circumstances objectively turn against him "he said.

The prospect of a change of power in Turkey, such as the Ukrainian field, is more realistic.   There are indications that Europe is already considering the overthrow of “Erdogan, in the manner of the overthrow of Bianukovich in Ukraine”.



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