Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar revealed that Ankara will continue negotiations with Moscow and Damascus on the establishment of a buffer zone in northern Syria.
Where the Turkish Minister of Defense said that “the joint patrols between Turkey and Russia in northern Syria can be expanded,” based on our direct talks with the Syrian side.
In press statements, Akar expressed hope that the tripartite negotiations between the defense ministers of Turkey, Russia and Syria would continue in a “reasonable and logical manner,” stressing that Ankara “will not do anything against our Syrian brothers.”
Referring to the talks held between senior military and security officials from Russia, Turkey and Syria in Moscow last month, he said: “Our position in the Moscow meeting is to defend our country and our people. We have expressed our determination to our interlocutors: There is absolutely no room for us to do anything against our Syrian brothers. Whether in Turkey or in Syria.
The Turkish and Syrian defense ministers met at the end of last December in Moscow.
This came after several indications in recent months of rapprochement between Damascus and Ankara, which was considered the most prominent supporter of the political and military opposition since the outbreak of the conflict in 2011.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had repeatedly called on his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad to step down at the outbreak of the conflict, describing him as a “murderer”, did not rule out the possibility of a meeting with him.
The possibility of a reconciliation between the two countries has alarmed the leaders of the Syrian opposition as well as Washington, while Moscow, the most prominent ally of Damascus, supports the matter.