Turkey hits back at Russia claims over Syria’s Idlib

Turkey said it has fulfilled its responsibilities in Syria’s Idlib region and warned it would take “necessary steps” if diplomatic efforts with Russia fail, amid a continuing Syrian government offensive on the last rebel-held region in the country.

Ankara, which backs several Syrian rebel groups, and Moscow, which supports the Syrian government, agreed in September 2018 to set up a de-escalation zone in opposition-controlled northwestern Syria.

Under the 2018 deal, Turkey has 12 observation posts in Idlib, with some of them now being in Syrian government-controlled territory following gains by Damascus.

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