Idlib offensive tests strength of Russia-Turkey ties in Syria

Source:al Monitor Date:21May2019

Moscow is increasingly concerned and restless over Turkey’s moves in northern Syria.

Russia’s active support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Idlib offensive indicates Moscow thinks ongoing talks between Turkey and the United States over northeast Syria could lead to the balance of power shifting in Washington’s favor. The Kremlin’s patience with Turkey’s balancing act between the two superpowers is wearing thin.