Contents tagged with Erdogan

  • Erdogan offers Putin to jointly develop Syrian oil deposits

    Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has proposed to Russian leader Vladimir Putin to boost Syria’s economy by jointly developing Syrian oil deposits. Erdogan himself told journalists about his proposal to Putin during the flight from Belgium to Turkey. An excerpt of the interview was published by NTV channel.

    "With the oil we get from here, we will make a contracting company, and if you support it financially, let us bring the destroyed Syria back on its feet," Erdogan told Putin.

    The Turkish …

  • Erdogan: Turkish Army has destroyed 8 Russian Pantsir air defense systems in Idlib

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Turkish military had destroyed eight Pantsir anti-aircraft missile systems in the Syrian province of Idlib, reports the Turkish newspaper Sabah.

    "We destroyed eight Pantsirs in Idlib with the help of our drones. Their cost is very high, these are important air defense systems," Erdogan said.

    The price of one Pantsir -S1 missile defense system for export deliveries ranges from 13.15 million to 14.67 million U.S. dollars.

    On February 27, Russian …

  • Erdogan asks NATO for help in Syria

    Speaking at a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he had requested additional assistance from the alliance in connection with the current situation in Syria's Idlib. According to him, the situation in Syria threatens all European countries.

    “No country in Europe has the right to look indifferently at the humanitarian drama in Syria. We expect NATO to show solidarity and additional assistance,” Erdogan said, adding that Turkey is …

  • Erdogan threatens to resume military operation in Idlib

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey reserves the right to unilateral actions in Syria in order to achieve the objectives of Operation Spring Shield if Moscow fails to meet its obligations, reports the Turkish news agency Anadolu.

    "We have made an agreement with Russia to resolve the crisis in Idlib without further bloodshed. Otherwise, we will continue on the path that we have identified," Erdogan said , as quoted by NTV TV channel.

    He noted that 59 Turkish servicemen were …

  • Assad and Haftar join forces to oppose Erdogan

    Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad has entered into a military and political alliance with Libyan Field Marshal Haftar to jointly oppose Turkey's armed intervention, reports the French newspaper Le Monde.

    According to the newspaper, a new military and political axis of Damascus-Benghazi is being formed. It is "a sign of the growing expansion of the Syrian and Libyan theatres of war with serious implications for regional geopolitics."

    On Tuesday, March 3, the unrecognized Eastern Libya’s government, …

  • Despite Putin-Erdogan ceasefire agreement fighting continues in Idlib

    Despite the ceasefire agreement, fighting between government forces and their adversaries continues in the Syrian province of Idlib, killing at least 15 Syrian soldiers and militants, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.

    According to the SOHR, the Russian and Syrian military aviation stopped strikes on the province in the northwest of the country. Much of Idlib has been "tensely" calm, said SOHR’s head Rami Abdul Rahman.

    Meanwhile, the European Union welcomed the truce …

  • Erdogan and Putin agree on ceasefire in Syria

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin have reached an agreement aimed at ending fighting in Syria's Idlib province.

    After talks in Moscow on Thursday, the two leaders announced a truce that will take effect in the region at midnight.

    "Our task is to prevent the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the region. We will make every effort to provide the necessary assistance to all those in need, and we will also ensure that refugees return to their homes," …

  • Kremlin: Putin-Erdogan meeting in March will not be easy

    The meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan will not be easy, but both sides intend to keep a course on a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Syria, said Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Russian President. The Kremlin representative also commented on Erdogan's request to Russia to "step aside". He reminded that Russian forces are in the country at the invitation of Damascus.

    "Yes, in the middle of the week, March 5th or 6th, the …

  • Erdogan: Turkey has opened its border with EU to Syrian refugees

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara is opening the border with Europe to refugees from Syria.

    "As of this morning, 18,000 migrants have crossed the Turkish-European border. And we will no longer close those doors, it will continue. We are not in a position to feed so many refugees," he said during his speech In Istanbul on Saturday, February 29, as cited by Anadolu.

    According to Erdogan, there are 3.7 million Syrian refugees in Turkey today.

    The day before, the …

  • Erdogan asks Putin to step aside in Syria

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that during a telephone conversation he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin not to interfere in the conflict between the Turkish Armed Forces and Syrian troops.

    "I openly asked Putin, "What are you doing in Idlib? If you want to create a military base, then create one, but get out of Turkey’s way," Erdogan said on Saturday in Istanbul, as cited by Anadolu.

    According to Erdogan, the Turkish military in Syria is "at the invitation of the Syrian …