Turkey, Russia, and Iran may conduct joint military operations against militants in the rebel-controlled Syrian province of Idlib, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on 16 February.
“Joint operations can be held at any time in line with the developments. There is no obstacle in front of these. Current measures are for the comfort, happiness and prosperity of the people in Idlib. What is essential for us is the security of the people of Idlib”, Erdogan told reporters, as quoted by the Hurriyet Daily News media outlet.
He added that Turkish and Russian forces would continue to work on the implementation of the 17 September Russian-Turkish memorandum on the situation in Idlib as well as to fight terrorism in the region.
On 14 February, the presidents of Russia, Turkey, and Iran held a fourth trilateral meeting on settlement of the Syrian conflict in the Russian resort city of Sochi. According to Erdogan, the meeting focused on the situation in Idlib.