Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Turkish army is preparing to conduct larger operations in Syria.
«The actions of the Turkish armed forces undertaken since the beginning of operations in Afrin, it is a preparation for more ambitious steps. The offensive of the Turkish army are still ahead,» Erdogan was quoted by the Agency «Interfax».
According to the President of Turkey, after completing operations in Afrin, the Turkish military will begin operation in Idlib province.
January 20, Turkey has started in the North of Syria «operation Olive branch». Its purpose was announced the expulsion of Kurdish militias from the border zone. However, the regime of Bashar al-Assad has described Turkey’s actions as aggression, stating that he is ready to give a response.
The clash dealt a blow to the so-called Astana process in which a significant portion of Syrian territory was declared a zone of de-escalation, and the maintenance of order it was the duty of Russia, Iran and Turkey.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani urged Turkey to stop military operations and withdraw its troops from the territory of Syria. He stressed that the reason for the invasion may be only the request of the legitimate government of Syria.