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February 27-Turkey stepped up security of Russian diplomatic missions due to the deterioration in the Syrian province of Idlib. About it reports “Interfax” with reference to the press-attache of the Russian Embassy in Ankara Irina Kasimova.
According to her, the security of Russian diplomatic missions provide special forces and Turkish police. “For this the Turkish side accepted all the necessary measures,” — said Kasimov.
Earlier it was reported that the walls of the Russian Consulate in Istanbul was held to protest against the actions of the Russian and Syrian military in Idlib. Activists came to the building of the Russian Embassy in Taksim demanding to bring to justice all those involved in the deaths of Turkish soldiers in Syria.
On the night of 28 February, the Turkish army attacked Syrian army positions in Idlib and destroyed a convoy of government troops. The attack was a response to the shelling of Turkish troops in the Jabal al-Zawiya, which killed 33 soldiers. Turkey has promised to retaliate to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for the deaths of the soldiers. The defense Ministry said that the Turkish troops came under attack, because they were among advancing on positions of the Syrian army fighters.
The Syrian army in the offensive launched in January-February took almost half Iglinskiy areas of de-escalation and had left behind the Turkish observation posts. This angered Ankara, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that if by the end of February, Syrian troops did not withdraw behind the line of posts, the Turkish army will start a military operation.
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