UPDATED 7:04 AM PT — Tues. Oct. 2, 2018
Turkey is set to hold a joint summit with Russia, Germany and France to discuss solutions to the Syrian conflict.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the remarks while speaking to parliament Tuesday, saying the summit will likely happen in the coming weeks in Istanbul.
Erdogan said Turkey will work with the Syrian people directly to help achieve peace in the war-torn country. He went on to clarify this does not mean he is willing to work with the Syrian government.
“Russia takes the necessary measures against a (possible) threat by Syrian regime in Idlib, and as Turkey, we are taking all kind of measures against radical groups in Idlib,” stated President Erdogan. “We are also taking joint action with Russia if it is necessary.”
His remarks come almost a month after Turkish and Russian forces announced a demilitarized zone in the Idlib province.
Over 400,000 Syrians have died and 11 million have fled their homes since the civil war began over seven years ago.