Russia and Turkey to create buffer zone in Idlib

Russia and Turkey have agreed to create a demilitarised buffer zone in Syria’s Idlib province to separate government forces from rebel fighters based there.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said it would be 15km to 25km (9-15 miles) wide and come into force by 15 October.

Troops from Russia, an ally of Syria’s government, and Turkey, which backs the rebels, will patrol the zone.

The UN had warned of a humanitarian catastrophe if the Syrian army launched an all-out assault to retake Idlib.

But after Monday’s meeting between Mr Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Sochi, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said the deal meant there would be no such operation in the region.

The Russian president said that under the deal, all heavy weaponry, including tanks, rocket launch systems and mortar launchers operated by rebel groups would need to be pulled out of the buffer zone by 10 October.

Jihadist groups, including those of al-Nusra Front, Mr Putin said, would have to leave the zone.

It was not immediately clear if the zone included Idlib city, which would require some rebels to withdraw from it.

Mr Erdogan said: “We will prevent a humanitarian tragedy which could happen as a result of military action.”

He had earlier called for a ceasefire in northern Syria to prevent what he said would be a “bloodbath” and another major refugee crisis on Turkey’s southern border.


“The Russian president said that under the deal, all heavy weaponry, including tanks, rocket launch systems and mortar launchers operated by rebel groups would need to be pulled out of the buffer zone by 10 October.”

as soon as something seemingly peaceful emerges in syria..then the fire needs to be stoked again:


~ by seeker401 on September 19, 2018.

8 Responses to “Russia and Turkey to create buffer zone in Idlib”

  1. Erdogan’s Advisor: Israel Provoked IL-20 Incident To Sabotage Idlib Agreement

    • “On September 19, Yasin Aktay, a senior advisor of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that Israel provoked the Il-20 incident in order to sabotage the “positive atmosphere” that resulted of the Russian-Turkish agreement on the Syrian governorate of Idlib. According to the senior Turkish official, Israel is now working to keep the war in Syria ongoing.

      *****“Weakening and destabilizing Syria are among the priorities of Israel, regardless if Assad was the ruler of the country or anyone else, it’s clear that that it wants the war in Syria and the killing of the Syrian people to continue in order to drain the strength and power of Syria so no strong state remain near it,”**** Aktay said during an interview with the Russian news outlet Sputnik.”

    • Bingo..

  2. from the comments on that article:

    “The only reason Erdogan managed to save himself and his Government, and their despicable money-laundering for Terrorists in Syria, their ensuring that Terrorists could cross into Syria, freely, across their Borders, their arms-peddling and smuggling of Arms into Syria for their NATO Partners US & UK, from Libya and elsewhere, is because ****Erdogan received a phone-call from Putin half an hour before coup kicked off***** while Erdogan was rallying in southern coastal Turkey and thereby ensuring Erdogan could get himself to safety and survive the coup.”

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