No substantial progress made in Turkey-Russia meeting on Idlib issue

EYEAFRICA TV: Ankara, Turkey: No substantial progress has been made in the meeting between Turkey and Russia on the Idlib issue of Syria on Thursday.

The meeting entered its second day on Thursday and lasted three and half an hour at the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Both parties did not declare any substantial progress made on the Idlib issue after the meeting.

The Turkish representative demanded an immediate ceasefire in Idlib, stressing the importance of honoring the Sochi Agreement and paying attention to refugee problems in the region, according to a spokesperson of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Turkey wants Russia to allow Turkish drones to fly in the airspace of Idlib, which is currently under the control of Russia, Turkish Defense Minister Akar told Turkish media earlier on Thursday.

Turkish President Erdogan also said earlier that the biggest problem for the Turkish troops in Idlib is that they cannot use the airspace. But analysts noted that the request is hard to satisfy and hence there was the unproductive meeting.

It was reported that the head of the Russian delegation to the talks is Russia’s special envoy on Syria Alexander Lavrentiev, and that the Turkish delegation was led by Turkish Vice Foreign Minister Sedat Onal.

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