UDAY AHMAD/ AL-TABQA
On the latest developments in the city of Idlib and the nature of the Russian-Turkish contradictions, especially that "Sochi" did not come out with any decisions in light of the aggravating escalation of Russian military operations in Idlib, our agency ANHA interviewed with the head of the branch of the Future Syria Party in Idlib Turki Daddou’ to talk about these issues.
Russia seeks to dominate and weaken the Turkish role in Syria
"The volume of contradictions between the Russian-Turkish policies stems from Russia's attitude toward Turkey, which has made it clear that it is unable to meet its obligations under the agreement, specifically in the case of dispossession of the extremist organizations and elements, especially Jabhit al-Nusra,” Dadou’ said, “as it wanted to put Turkey in a weak position before the international opinion, prompting Turkey to abandon the idea of opposing the Russian military intervention in Idlib.
The Russian president said that the demilitarized zone in the province of Idlib, reached in the framework of an agreement with Ankara and Tehran last year is "just a temporary measure," asserting that aggressive movements by "terrorist groups" in the province controlled by the opposition will not go unpunished.
"From this point of view, it is only the considerations and the scandals of the parties that produced the agreement and that they are not based on their conviction that a specific formula should be reached which would be the starting point for resolving the Syrian crisis," Turki Daddou’ added.
In an interview with Kremlin spokesman Dimitri Peskov on Monday, he commented on Russia's conviction that Ankara would not succeed in resolving the Idlib file. "We should not hope to reach an agreement with the terrorist organizations. This is a false hope. Al-Qaeda with their various names. "
Moscow escalates militarily in demilitarized zone; Ankara remains silent
Russia continues to pressure Turkey over an inevitable military operation in Idlib through the military escalation in the demilitarized zones. According to reports issued by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, during the past two days there has been a "considerable military escalation in the demilitarized zone where more than 400 missiles fell on several sectors of the region.
"The military escalation and the high toll of targeted demilitarized zones are due to the Turkish position on Russia's attempt to launch a military operation targeting armed groups in Idlib," he said, referring to the Russian military escalation in Idlib and the expected results, “and fully associated with the Turkish state since the beginning of the crisis and Turkish attempts to remove the military solution in Idlib is the best evidence of their interconnection.
The Turkish state, through its elusive policy, is trying to defend the armed groups that control the city of Idlib, where Turkey tried to impose a cease-fire during the recent Tehran summit and set a timetable for the surrender of the members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and their evacuation from the province. The only destination remains the areas under the occupation of the Turkish state as "Afrin, Izaz, Jarablus, and al-Bab."
The attitude of the locals puts Ankara in big trouble
"The almost daily bombardment of demilitarized zone is one of Moscow's tactics to pressure Ankara to make greater concessions," he said. "This is an attempt to put Ankara in a great dilemma because of the civilian situation in Idlib about these violations and the continued escalation as it plays a guarantor role in that region."
The province of Idlib and parts of the countryside of Aleppo and Hama and Lattakia under the control of "armed groups" associated with the Turkish occupation state, which are the last area of "de-escalation" within the Astana agreement, which was held between Turkey and Russia and Iran in 2016 after the Syrian regime took control of the eastern Ghouta and Daraa and rural Homs, as the above mentioned area is under the control of the "Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.”
Delaying the military operation in Idlib escalates internal fighting
Turki Dadou’ concluded by saying, "The implementation of the agreement, as stated, will authorize the postponement and not the cancellation of the military operation in Idlib first. Secondly, the withdrawal of the armed groups from the demilitarized zone will lead to narrowing geography and the demarcation of the seam lines in areas of influence, the remaining along the province of Idlib and this is another factor that strengthens the internal rivalry between local organizations conflicting interests within the province.”
It is noteworthy that on September 7, 2018, the trilateral "Russian-Turkish-Iranian" summit was held in the Iranian capital Tehran without results, and ten days later Putin and Erdogan met in Sochi, where they announced the signing of an agreement named after that city and provides for establishment of a demilitarized zone in Idlib by mid-October 2018.