ISTANBUL-Russia and Turkey appeared Monday to avert a potential crisis in Syria's Idlib province, announcing they would establish a "demilitarization zone" to separate rebels from Syrian government troops.
The leaders of Russian Federation and Turkey agreed Monday to establish a demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib region, the last major stronghold of anti-government rebels where fears had been running high of a devastating offensive by government forces.
The government officials in Syria have repeatedly said that the reconciliation is a priority in Idlib, or else there will be a wide-scale offensive to retake Idlib, which is the last major rebel stronghold in Syria.
Troops from Russian Federation, an ally of Syria's government, and Turkey, which backs the rebels, will patrol the zone.
But Turkey, which maintains 12 observation posts in Idlib, has avoided a direct confrontation with the extremists, many of which belong to a former al-Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.
Idlib is the only Syrian province still controlled by illegal armed groups. Civilians who refused to go back under government rule were also bussed there, almost doubling the province's population.
Kiler wrote in his article that the idea of establishing a joint bank between Iran and Turkey should be taken seriously, and that such a decision would help prevent USA sanctions on Iran from harming Turkey's foreign trade.
"Let's all take steps against terror groups among rebels".
Rebel groups aligned with Turkey heralded the decision on Monday as a sign that the Syrian regime was hesitant to launch a full-scale ground invasion against the city and towns in this sprawling province.
Turkey's president Erdogan said that his country will carry out coordinated patrols in the demilitarised zone in Idlib with the Russians. "The Turkish and United States serious pressures were the reason behind Russian Federation abstaining from the offensive and offering an air cover which means Iran alone won't be able to carry out the offensive with the overstretched forces of the regime". It was also not immediately clear how much of the city of Idlib fell within the zone.
The U.S. and global observers had feared the city would become the scene of a historic massacre as Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and his Russian and Iranian allies moved to crush the last major enclave of rebel forces.
Pro-government al-Watan newspaper on Thursday cited Russian media report by Sputnik as saying that the Turkish side has offered clarification about the military reinforcement that entered Idlib over the past couple of days. Finishing off the Idlib rebels would take him closer to victory, help secure Aleppo from attack and open roads to the coast and Damascus.