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Turkey will not launch major operation against militants in Idlib — analyst

Local clashes between Turkish forces and militants in Syria’s Idlib province are possible, but a full-scale military operation is not in Ankara’s interests, the head of the Near and Middle East Center at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, Vladimir Fitin, told TASS in the wake of Turkey’s air strike against the positions of the terrorist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (one of the names of Jabhat al-Nusra outlawed Russia).

Turkish-Syrian war: is it possible?

The already volatile situation in the Syrian region of Idlib has significantly escalated. Terrorist groups attempted to break through Syrian army defensive positions. Syria retaliated against the advancing militants. RISS expert Vladimir Fitin drew attention to the fact that Turkish troops shelled by Syrian forces had been among terrorists. As a result, at least 30 Turkish soldiers were killed and armored personnel carriers were destroyed.

Russia-Turkey deal on northern Syria buffer zone envisages new ceasefire

Russia and Turkey have adopted a joint memorandum on establishing a safe zone in northern Syria on the condition that Kurdish forces withdraw, a development that could ease escalating conflicts on the Turkish-Syrian border and facilitate a peace process in the war-torn country.

Russia-Turkey deal on northern Syria buffer zone envisages new ceasefire

Russia and Turkey have adopted a joint memorandum on establishing a safe zone in northern Syria on the condition that Kurdish forces withdraw, a development that could ease escalating conflicts on the Turkish-Syrian border and facilitate a peace process in the war-torn country.

Sochi summit: step towards peace in Syria

Negotiations between Turkey's President Erdogan and Russian President Putin in Sochi have successfully finished. "The talks outcome is the suspension of the military operation. This will ensure the safety of civilians and stop the migration flow from the region. The territorial integrity of Syria and its independence as a sovereign power has also been unconditionally confirmed," RISS expert Vladimir Fitin said.

Ankara and Damascus need to establish dialogue

Some Kurdish units of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) can make a deal with Damascus and may even become a part of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), RISS expert Elena Suponina said. "Moscow is calling for direct talks between the Kurdish administration in northern Syria and the government in Damascus. The United States is ignoring the Kurds, so the talks between the parties will be more substantive," the political scientist added.

Syria to restore bridges across Euphrates

Syria, with the assistance of Russia and China, will soon begin to restore bridges across the country’s longest river, the Euphrates, Syrian Minister of Economy and Trade Mohammad Samer al-Khalil informed Izvestia on the sidelines of the Yalta International Economic Forum

Mideast expert expects Turkey to heed Russia’s stance on buffer zones in Syria

Erdogan won’t abruptly rush towards creating a buffer zone in the north of Syria without factoring in Moscow’s position, Vladimir Fitin, head of the Center of the Near and Middle East at the Russian Institute for Strategic Studies, told TASS on Thursday.

Russia to Boost Role in Mideast in 2019, Unlikely to Influence Asia - Scholars

Russia will continue to expand its influence in the Middle East both through active involvement in the Syrian settlement process and economic cooperation with regional powers in 2019, but Moscow’s relations with Asian states are unlikely to experience any significant changes, experts told Sputnik.

A difficult year for Syria ends on positive note

The White House is largely responsible for the difficult year 2018 for the Middle East, RISS expert Elena Suponina said. In her opinion, the US actions in the region have aggravated the situation.