Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has acknowledged that “Turkey’s biggest problem” is the inability to use the airspace of the Syrian region of Idlib to contain the threat derived from the other side of the border, although he trusts that “soon “some solution can be found.
“Our biggest problem is that we cannot use airspace, just south of the Turkish border,” Erdogan lamented in a speech before his party’s deputies. “Hopefully we can solve it soon,” he added.
The Turkish president, however, has warned that he will not give up the improvement of security in Idlib, among other issues to allow the return of displaced Syrians. In this regard, he has warned that Ankara is running out of patience with the Bashar al Assad regime, according to local media.
Idlib, the last major rebel stronghold in Syria, is the scene of an offensive by al-Assad forces, backed by Russia. Turkey, on the other hand, supports the Syrian Free Army (ELS), which brings together rebel groups, which has resulted in crossings of attacks between both sides.
The official Syrian news agency, SANA, has reported the demolition of a drone by Turkish forces in the southern area of Idlib. According to the sources consulted by that means, the aircraft carried out “reconnaissance work for terrorist organizations”.