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Erdogan threats of military force against Syria hollow, made by someone detached from reality: Official

An official at the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has dismissed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s threats of a military operation in Syria's northwestern Idlib province as hollow, stressing that they have been made by someone detached from realities on the ground.

The unmanned source said on Wednesday that Erdogan, who supports, arms and trains terror groups, and whose role as a tool for international terrorism and a puppet in the hands of the United States has been exposed, has uttered empty threats that can be made only by a person disconnected from reality.

Foreign Ministry: Threats by head of Turkish regime hollow, can be made only by a person divorced from reality https://t.co/nbLXLnXB3h— SANAEnglishOfficial (@SANAEnOfficial) February 12, 2020

The source added such statement are simply made by someone, who does not understand changing developments, and threatens to attack Syrian Arab Army soldiers after Turkish army and their proxies suffered a heavy blow.

The diplomat further highlighted that the Syrian government is fairly determined to perform its national and constitutional duties as regards the campaign against terrorist groups across the country, and to open up a humanitarian corridors for the exit of civilians as Turkish-backed militants prevent their departure and take them to use as human shields.

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“The Syrian Arab Republic reiterates that any presence of Turkish forces on its territories is illegitimate, and a blatant violation of the international law. It holds the Turkish regime fully responsible for the consequences of such a deployment,” the source concluded.

Earlier in the day, Erdogan said Turkey’s military would strike Syrian army forces by air or ground anywhere in Syria if another Turkish soldier was hurt as Syrian government troops continue to make significant gains in battles against foreign-backed terrorists in Idlib province.

Erdogan said Turkey is determined to push Syrian government forces beyond Turkish observation posts in Idlib by the end this month, and he urged allied militant not to give government forces an excuse to attack.

Kremlin accuses Turkey of failing to ‘neutralize terrorists’ in Idlib

Meanwhile, Russia has accused Turkey of failing to “neutralize terrorists” in Idlib as tensions escalate between Moscow and Ankara over the protracted conflict.

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday the Turkish side “had taken upon itself an obligation to neutralize terrorist groups” in Idlib under bilateral agreements.

But “all these groups are mounting an attack on the Syrian army from Idlib and are acting aggressively towards Russian military installations,” he added.

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