Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 42nd Mukhtars Meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on December 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated the time Ankara has given Damascus to pull its troops away from Turkish observation posts in Syria’s Idlib is coming to an end, adding that Turkey will not take the “smallest step back” in the province.

Instead Erdogan vowed that Ankara’s forces will push the Syrian Army beyond the perimeter of those posts by the end of February.

“We would like to remind those who try to corner Turkey by forcing their own agenda onto it, that we are not guests in this region, but its masters”, Erdogan said.

The Turkish president hasn’t ruled out “active involvement” as a mean to achieve the country’s goals in Idlib. Erdogan added, however, that he asked his Russian colleague, Vladimir Putin to try and convince Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to stop the Idlib offensive. Erdogan also claimed that Ankara will create the conditions needed for the safe return of Syrians to their homes in the province.

In a separate comment, the Turkish president also indicated that the country has requested to purchase US Patriot missile air defense systems, but noted that Washington doesn’t have any extra for sale and hence can’t supply them to Turkey at present. Erdogan stressed though that Turkey has Spanish Patriots deployed in the country at the moment.

The Turkish president said that his country has not yet received support from the US on the situation in Idlib, but added that he will be raising this issue in his next talk with US President Donald Trump.

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Source: Sputnik

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Well, “that we are not guests in this region, but its masters”, is quiet revealing as if we didn’t already see through any peaceful settlement in Syria. Although at this point I still believe that the Syrian coalition leaves no doubt that the killing fields are being formed. There is no doubt about the outcome and this has been settled among the coalition with or without Erdogan and can still be an out for Turkey as they don’t want the proxy terrorist on their home soil anymore than Russia or Iran in the Southern Caucuses.

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Either step back or be buried in Syria!


Erdogan’s party is now not even the master in Constantinople and Ankara…
My 2 cents both Trump and Putin will tell him “yeah yeah” but will do NOTHING to help him.
Now let’s look at nominal GDP :
2017 : $851bn
2018 : $766bn
2019 : $743bn
We’re too soon in the year to plan how 2020 will be but Switzerland is likely to exceed the Turkish 2019 GDP in 2020 they were only $28bn behind in 2019, with 10x less population…
If Turkey gets additional sanctions, economy, which is far from doing great, might go very bad…