Turkey Summons Russian, Iranian Envoys Over Syria Safe Zone Violation

Putin-Erdogan phone conversation - Moscow-Ankara tension

The sources did not give any further detail.

Relations between Washington and Ankara have been tense over multiple issues including a USA decision a year ago to deliver weapons to the YPG.

Ankara says YPG fighters are linked to Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatists inside Turkey, who have waged an armed campaign since 1984 that has killed more than 40,000 people.

Lavrov noted that Moscow and Tehran have reached an important stage in preparation for implementing the initiative launched by Russia, Iran and Turkey to organize the Sochi Congress. The reports say that Syrian government forces, supported by Russian Federation were trying to regain control of areas controlled by Daesh and other rebel groups. Ankara considers the regime offensive, supported by Iran-backed militias and Russian air power, aims to recover more territory from the rebels.

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Russia's ambassador to Ankara, Alexei Yerkhov and Iranian ambassador Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard were called in to express Turkey's discontent over the continuing attacks in Idlib.

Syrian state media, citing a foreign ministry source, said on Thursday that regime forces were fighting to "liberate from the terrorism of the Nusra Front and the other terrorist organisations that belong to it". The drones were sent from Idlib, an area controlled by so-called "moderate opposition" units, the Russian defence ministry's official newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda said Wednesday.

Police arrested 29 people across Turkey on Wednesday for suspected links with the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, according to a security official.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned on Wednesday the U.S. charge d'affaires to voice its disappointment over Washington's arming and training of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, sources from the ministry said.

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