Source in the Turkish presidency of Anatolia:
– The Ankara and Moscow agreement on Syrian Idlib “does not warrant Turkey’s retreat from the changes it has made in the asylum policy”
– The agreement “does not change the fact that the European Union has not kept its promises” within the framework of the 2016 agreement (on refugees)
Turkey’s independent foreign policy “achieved new success by agreeing on Idlib, in line with Turkish national interests”A source in the Turkish presidency said, on Thursday, that the Ankara-Moscow agreement on Syria’s Idlib does not require Turkey’s retreat from the changes it had made in the asylum policy recently.
This came, according to a source in the Turkish presidency, for Anatolia, touched on a summit that brought together Turkish Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian Vladimir Putin in the capital, Moscow, on the situation in the Idlib region, and resulted in a cease-fire agreement in the region.
The source added that the ceasefire agreement in Idlib “does not change the fact that the European Union did not fulfill its promises” within the framework of the agreement concluded in 2016 (on refugees).
He explained that the meeting between Erdogan and Putin “took place in a positive atmosphere,” appreciating Putin’s condolences for the martyrdom of Turkish soldiers in Idlib.
He stressed that President Erdogan stressed Turkey’s intention to purify elements of the Syrian regime from Idlib with its own capabilities in the event of failure to reach an agreement.
The source considered that Turkey’s independent foreign policy “achieved new success by agreeing on Idlib, in line with Turkish national interests.”
He pointed out that Turkey held negotiations with Russia at the leaders level, on Thursday, and received the US special envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, on the same day.
The source said: “On the one hand, we maintained our national interests by stopping new waves of irregular migration coming from Syria, and on the other hand, we made the countries of the West, led by the United States, support us.”
He continued: “Turkey has proven its intention to be the one with the word in the future of Syria by making the regime of Bashar al-Assad pay dearly through its local capabilities. It has become clear that any attack targeting Turkish soldiers will not remain unanswered.”
He pointed out that Turkey at the same time showed its rejection of the dictates of Western countries to the field conditions in Idlib.
He stressed that Turkey will solve its problems by itself and “will not be a tool for anyone.”
He indicated that the Turkish defense industries have proven their maturity in the Idlib crisis, and have shown the rightness of investments in this field.
He said: “The Turkish-Russian agreement does not constitute an obstacle to the support of the European Union and the United States for Turkey. Steps should be taken to increase confidence, such as the deployment of the air defense system and intelligence sharing (Turkish Western).”
He added, “We must not forget that there are more than 3 million civilians in a small geographical area in Idlib. Therefore, the threat of illegal immigration generated from the region is still continuing.”
He stressed that the Ankara and Moscow agreement on Syrian Idlib “does not require Turkey to back away from the changes it has made in the asylum policy.”
Earlier in the day, Presidents Erdogan and Putin announced at a press conference in Moscow a ceasefire agreement in Idlib.
A joint statement, reached by Turkey and Russia today after two lengthy meetings in Moscow at the level of delegations and the leaders of the two countries, stressed the need to limit the exacerbation of the humanitarian crisis in the Idlib region, to protect civilians there, to provide humanitarian assistance to those in need without preconditions, and to limit the compulsion of civilians to Displacement, and facilitate the return of IDPs to their places of origin.
The statement, which was read by the Foreign Ministers of Turkey and Russia, added that the two sides agreed to “stop all military activities along the seam line in the Upper Egypt region in Idlib as of midnight on Thursday and Friday.”
He added that a safe passage will be established at a depth of 6 km north of the international road “M4” and 6 km south of it, and the details will be determined within 7 days.
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