Russian-Turkish play on brink in Idlib, Turkish's moves on European table

Last leek witnessed a Russian-Turkish escalation in Idlib and  three rounds of talks between them failed. Observers believe that the two sides are playing on the brink. While the danger of the Turkish intervention in The Middle East is at the European table and European and Arab powers are looking for a new alternative initiative to the deal of the century.

The Arab newspapers addressed the Russian-Turkish escalation in Idlib, as well as the Turkish intervention in the Middle East, and the deal of the century.

Al Bayan: Turkey and Russia….playing on the edge of the abyss

 the Arab newspapers published during the past week handled several topics, most notably the Russian-Turkish escalation. In this context, al-Bayan: "The Russian-Turkish polarization continues in the north of Syria, especially Idlib, after Russia raided on the positions of the militants, That prompted Syrian activists to launch a campaign to break the border, leaving Ankara in an embarrassing position.

Despite the tension, it can be said that the situation is now characterized by attempts to play on the brink to the end, since the parties do not want to engage and fail all the understandings over Syria whether in the west or the east of the Euphrates. At the same time, they want to make gains on the ground.

Despite the escalation from both sides and Turkish threats of war against the Syrian army forces, there is still room for calm, as a Turkish official said his country is discussing joint patrols in Idlib, northwestern Syria, as one of the options for ensuring security in the region.

The second scenario is a military confrontation between the two sides that would make the north a fireball. This confrontation will be costly for both sides and may not stop at Idlib and Aleppo, as the areas of contact between the two sides are long in Syria.

It is unlikely the expansion of the engagement between the Russian and Turkish parties despite the light military operations on the ground, the next meeting in Tehran  will determine the course of the Russian-Turkish-Iranian triad, which are sponsoring Astana understandings in northern Syria.

The U.S. position in this crisis suggests a future clash between Russia and Turkey, especially since U.S. statements have been clear in standing by Turkey in any confrontation with Russia,  positions that Ankara fears.  

According to observers, Idlib's result will determine many forms of the regional and international alliances in Idlib, as well as the Russian-Turkish relationship in the areas of northeastern Syria, where Russia is deployed in both Qamishli, Manbij, Ain al-Arab and Raqqa, making the Russian-Turkish confrontation extend along the border Syrian-Turkish.

Al Arab: Brussels conference warns of the danger of Turkish intervention in the Mediterranean

Regarding the Turkish moves, Al Arabs said: "European deputies warned the Turkish politicians and experts from different countries of the world warned against the Turkish military intervention in the Mediterranean, and agreed on the seriousness of the situation in the Mediterranean region, in interventions under the framework of the European Community against extremism and terrorism hosted by the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday (February 18th) at a conference entitled "Turkish intervention in the Mediterranean: causes, objectives and risks."

Al Sharq al Awsat: Contacts to develop an alternative to the "Deal of the Century"

 in the Palestinian issue, Al Sharq al Awsat  said: "Israeli reports revealed contacts during Munich Security Conference to develop a European-Arab initiative, which may be an alternative to the proposed "deal of the century" proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

According to the Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv, the initiative emerged at a meeting of foreign ministers of France, Germany, Egypt and Jordan, on the sidelines of  Munich conference.

For its part, the Israeli newspaper," Ha'aretz" reported that Luxembourg Foreign Minister, Jean Asselborn, has already discussed the initiative with the foreign ministers of Ireland, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, Malta and Slovenia.

Palestinian Ambassador to the European Union Adel Attia said that during the meeting, the foreign ministers of the EU member states agreed to discuss the EU's strategic vision in light of the US "Deal of the Century" and ways to activate the International Quartet at their next meeting in March.



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