Over the past two years, the Turks and the Russians were the main actors in the Syrian file. They have disagreed on specific points and assented to others. The most imminent subject is the “Astana process” to find a solution for Syria, through which Russia began to implement its political vision to gradually clear the regions of opposition, starting from Aleppo to Eastern Ghouta, to the countryside of Homs and Daraa. In turn, Turkey has not responded with a real reaction comparable to the massive loss of opposition parties, which it supports politically and militarily.
But this time, Ankara’s reaction has changed regarding Idlib. Accelerated events in the city in the past two weeks have annoyed the Turkish guarantor, forced him to make real threats and send military forces with hundreds of armored vehicles and machineries to pass a message to the regime and the Russians: It will not abandon its interests in the border city, even if it has to undertake land and military air operations in the area.
Caught between the Russians’ attempt to maintain their achievements and preserve the areas they seized. The endeavors of Turkey to demonstrate its existence and its real threats, civilians have born a significant loss. According to UN statistics, hundreds were killed, and hundreds of thousands have been displaced, and now they are waiting for the results of new understandings between the two parts.
In light of the dispute between Turkey and Russia in Idlib, Enab Baladi is trying in this file to monitor the playing cards of both parties in Idlib to achieve their interests, which would further complicate the scene or exert pressure on the conflicting parties to sit at the negotiation table again and reach new understandings.