Putin: Turkey has not yet managed to achieve everything in Idlib as planned

“We hope that our special services and the defence ministries will resolve this issue via joint efforts as soon as possible,” Putin said. (File photo: AFP)

Turkey has not yet managed to fully achieve everything planned in Syria’s Idlib, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said in a press conference on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina.

Putin said that Russia is worried about the situation in the Syrian province, adding that he hopes joint efforts from both countries’ defense ministries and special services will solve the situation soon.

“The situation in Idlib worries us too. We see that our Turkish partners have not yet managed to achieve everything [that is planned], but they are working. We also see that they are working on creating a demilitarized zone,” Putin said.

“We hope that our special services and the defence ministries will resolve this issue via joint efforts as soon as possible,” he added.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday he should hold another summit to discuss the situation in Syria’s Idlib province where the two countries are trying to create a sustainable demilitarized zone.

Erdogan made the suggestion during a meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit.

Putin also expressed his disappointment that his meeting with US President Donald Trump at G20 did not happen.

“It’s a pity we could not have a full-fledged meeting because I believe it is long overdue. I’m talking about issues of strategic stability in the light of the president’s announcement that he plans to pull the US from the INF treaty,” Putin told reporters.

He added that he hopes the meeting will happen eventually, “when the US side is ready for it.”

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