Ankara says talks with Russia on Syria warming but more needed

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Feb. 20 that there was some rapprochement with Russia in talks about Syria's Idlib region, where Ankara has threatened to mount an offensive, but added that discussions were not at the desired level yet.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Feb. 19 that a Turkish military operation in Idlib to drive back a Russian-led Syrian government offensive that has displaced nearly a million people was a "matter of time" after talks with Moscow failed to reach a solution.

Speaking to broadcaster TRT Haber, Çavuşoğlu said Turkey and Russia would intensify their talks on Idlib in the coming days, adding that Erdoğan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin may discuss the issue as well.

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