Possible escalation in Idlib, Erdogan exploits refugees card to face European pressure

Reports said that the situation in Idlib may be headed for a military escalation after the recent attacks on the Russian Hmeimim base, and Turkey's attempt to reorganize its mercenaries, while Erdogan seeks help from the immigrant card to face European pressure.

On Tuesday morning, the Arab press touched upon the situation in Idlib province, as well as to Turkish-European tension, and Turkish intervention in Libya.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Signs of a military escalation in Idlib

The Arab newspapers published this morning on the Syrian issue dealt with several issues, the most prominent of which was the situation in Idlib, and in this context Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper said: “Yesterday, signs of a military escalation appeared in Idlib, in northwestern Syria, after Moscow’s talk of thwarting attacks on Hmeimim base in the coastal province of Lattakia and news about Ankara's efforts to unify the opposition factions to fend off a possible incursion of the regime forces. "

"Reports revealed Turkish efforts to reorganize the ranks of the Syrian armed opposition factions in Idlib, and to subject their elements to training and raise the readiness of the real number capable of participating in any military action, after a state of weakness that emerged during the recent escalation by the regime, according to sources from the opposition. The Syrian sources said that the process of organizing the factions includes distributing the elements of Heyat Tahrir al-Sham to more than one bloc to integrate them into the ranks of the opposition factions to show their commitment to the agreements with Russia on Idlib, so that they can control the small militant groups.

The Kremlin announced yesterday that Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed, during a telephone conversation with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the situation in Idlib and the continuation of coordination to advance the political settlement in Syria, at a time when Russian warnings of exacerbating the situation in Idlib, due to the attempts of militants to carry out provocative actions, The Russian Ministry of Defense announced that it would repel a new attack in which drones were used, targeting the Hmeimim base near Lattakia.

Al-Arab: Migrants are a Turkish blackmail paper that troubles Europe

Regarding French-European tension, Al-Arab newspaper said: "The European Union on Monday expressed its concern and resentment about Turkey's behavior in the eastern Mediterranean and violations of human rights in this country, but Ankara's waving of the migrant card prevents him from taking any measures.

"Our relations with Turkey are not good at the present time, and that will be the most prominent point on the agenda," European Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said, before he chaired a meeting of EU foreign ministers, the first to be held in Brussels four months ago.

Borrell visited Ankara a week ago and held difficult talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu.

"What is going on in Turkey is disturbing," Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Lindy said, while her Spanish counterpart, Arancha Gonzalez Laia, explained, "We see a series of moves by Turkey that calls for discussion on how we deal with it."

France, which has been straining its relations with Turkey, called for talks within the European Union aimed at "clarifying" the position that should be adopted towards Turkey.

Paris has the support of some countries. Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn did not hide his disappointment with Ankara, and he participated in the 2004 meeting at which the European Union was granted the status of candidate country for Turkey.

"I had great hopes 15 or 16 years ago that Turkey would become a European country, a big Islamic country that is pushing democracy forward. Unfortunately, we have to admit that it is going in the wrong direction, "Jean Asselborn said upon arriving in Brussels.

There are huge differences between Turkey and its partners in the European Union, as Ankara provides military support to Accord Government in Libya and its Islamist allies, and is accused of violating the United Nations' arms embargo on this country.

According to the newspaper, "Turkey is fighting in Syria, the Kurdish forces, the main ally of the International Coalition in which many European Union countries are participating in the fight against the Islamic State.

Ankara is also conducting gas exploration operations in the Romanian economic zone of Cyprus, which the European Union considers illegal and has prompted it to impose sanctions on Turkish citizens.

Domestically, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is accused of human rights violations in his country, and his decision to convert the former Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Istanbul to a mosque has sparked criticism in the world, especially in Greece.

The Turkish Foreign Minister issued a warning to Borrell during their meeting, and took the European Union to link the issue of migration with tension in the eastern Mediterranean, and warned that if there is no progress in the talks, "Turkey will continue not to stop those willing to go" to Europe.

Okaz: Turkey is contradicting Turkey ... against the Libyan armistice

Regarding the Turkish intervention in Libya, Okaz newspaper said: "The Turkish regime has revealed its intentions to fuel and continue the war in Libya, and its Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu announced yesterday (Monday) that his country rejects any truce because it is against the interest of Accord Government, which contradicts the positions of a former Turkish official supported the ceasefire.

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said that "GNA" insists on the withdrawal of the Libyan army led by Khalifa Haftar from Sirte and al-Jafra before reaching a truce, and stated that Accord Government has fears and its concerns must be taken into account, as he put it.

He disclosed that the search and exploration operations would soon start in the eastern Mediterranean, and said: "We will begin research and exploration in a part of the eastern Mediterranean according to an agreement with Libya, and we are ready to work with companies from other countries."

European Union foreign ministers criticized Turkey yesterday, for several reasons, including energy exploration in the disputed Mediterranean waters, and European Union foreign policy representative Josep Borrell stressed that the relationship with Turkey is not doing well, and after the meeting Borrell described the "situation in Libya said it is bad, stressing that violations of the arms embargo are continuing.” He added that the European Union calls on Turkey to honor pledges under the Berlin Conference on Libya. The Swedish foreign minister said that the European Union discussed the decline of democracy and human rights in Turkey, and diplomatic sources reported that the talks focused on an approach that enables dealing with a partner accused of trying to blackmail the union, violating the sovereignty of member states, and military intervention in several crises from Libya to Kurdistan, and sources had stressed that the countries of the Union will be decisive in defending their interests.



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