Differences between Russia, Turkey in Syria

The difference between Russia and Turkey about Syria has again emerged, where Turkey wants to impose its domination on the Syrian north territories, but Moscow refuses these Turkish policies and this was obvious in the press conference held between the foreign ministers of the two countries.

On Saturday morning, the Arab newspapers touched upon the Turkish–Russian and the Turkish-American relationships and the movement between the two parties.

Al-Hayat: Russian-Turkish consensus on Idlib, political solution and divergences on east of the Euphrates

On the Syrian issue, al-Hayat newspaper dealt with the differences between Russia and Turkey in Syria, and said, "After two consecutive postponements and ten days before holding the summit between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the foreign ministers of the two countries, Sergey Lavrov and Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, sought to bring the views about the Syrian crisis closer together. The joint press conference of the two ministers in Antalya revealed the consensus of the two parties on the unity of the Syrian territories, adhering to the path of Astana with Iran, and the condemnation of US President Donald Trump's recognition of Israel's sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan. In contrast, there was a difference about Manbij and east of Euphrates.

Referring to the difficult situation in Idlib, Lavrov stressed that a progress has been made in the implementation of the Sochi Agreement on Idlib which was held by the two states' presidents in September 2018. While the Russian minister stressed the need for restoring east of the Euphrates and north Syria to the regime, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that Ankara continues to search the buffer zone with Washington and coordinate with Russia.

Al-Arab: The ambiguity of the American policy paralyzes Turkey's movement in Syria.

In the same context, al-Arab newspaper said, "There is a state of anticipation mixed with concern about the next step of the United States after the final elimination of the Caliphate of the Islamic State Organization in Syria, and the seriousness of withdrawing its troops from this country, as there has been no progress at this level so far, as well as of the initiative that have put forward about the buffer zone in east of the Euphrates."

It is not only the Kurdish People's Protection Units that are concerned about American attitudes, Russia and Turkey also seem unable to make any choice before the United States makes its own statement in this context.

Analysts say that Ankara finds itself among the option of maintaining cooperation with Russia, and this requires a gesture of goodwill to activate the frozen Idlib agreement, or wait until the dust evaporates from Washington's plans in Syria.

It is known that Turkey prefers to cooperate with NATO ally, especially since bet on cooperation with Russia will be expensive as the latter adopts full control of Damascus on its territory.

Analysts say that Turkey, while serving the current state of stagnation as it is preoccupied with the municipal elections scheduled for March 31, it is aware that it must act and resolve its position between strengthening cooperation with Russia or repositioning alongside the arch enemy-ally, the United States.

Many believe that the United States does not appear to be rushing to leave Syria, nor is it likely to abandon the Kurdish ally, which will push Ankara to cooperate with Russia.



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