After his defeat in Aleppo, he gave the Turkish president an opportunity to get out of Idlib, or he would resort to "the worst scenario," according to what he called the Russian president.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened an "imminent" operation against the Syrian forces in Idlib, northwestern Syria, which required an immediate response in Russia, which warned of any attack against the Syrian forces.
Erdogan announced that talks with Moscow had failed to reach "the result we want" and warned that Turkey might launch an operation in Syria unless Damascus withdrew its forces before the end of the month.
"An operation in Idlib is imminent," Erdogan said in a televised speech. "We have started the countdown, this is our last warning."
He called on the Syrian forces to retreat behind the Turkish military sites in Idlib, which were established under a 2018 agreement with Russia to repel any Damascus-led attack.
The Kremlin was quick to respond to Erdogan's threat, warning that any operation against the Syrian forces would be "the worst scenario."
With Turkey pushing a large number of reinforcements to Idlib in recent weeks, Defense Minister Khulusi Akar stressed that "it is not possible for us to withdraw from our monitoring sites."
"If you are attacked with any kind, we will respond in kind," he told reporters in Ankara.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Syrian army has made new gains in the province of Aleppo (west), and continues to advance towards Jabal Sheikh Barakat, which overlooks the remaining areas under the control of the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham and the factions in western Aleppo, as well as large areas near the Turkish border in the north Idlib is infested with camps for the displaced.
On the possibility of the Air Force participating in the possible Turkish military operation in Idlib, and the name of the operation, Erdogan says: “As I said before, we may come one night by surprise, and this means that we come with everything.”
Regarding what the Russian side said, and described the process that Turkey will take against the Syrian army as “the worst scenario,” Erdogan said: “Our colleagues, who had discussions with the Russians, did not convey anything to me of this kind, and I do not think Russia will take a place for it in such a Bad scenario.
” Erdogan added: "We send our latest warnings (to the Syrian army) in Idlib, but we have not yet obtained the result we want."
Erdogan indicated that Turkey prepared its military operation plan in Idlib.
The Turkish President stressed by saying: “They are determined to make Idlib a safe area for Turkey and the people of the province, whatever it costs.”