Turkey’s Interests in Idlib

Author
Karol Wasilewski
Content Type
Special Report
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
The agreement signed on 5 March between Russia and Turkey has halted the offensive by the Syrian army on Idlib and led to a new division of influence in the province. Both Turkey and Russia are using the truce to strengthen their military presence in this territory. The coronavirus pandemic may delay the resumption of fighting in Idlib, giving the EU time to prepare for a renewed escalation and attempts by Turkey to instrumentally use an exodus of Syrian refugees to exert pressure on the Union.
Topic
Foreign Policy, Military Strategy, Syrian War, Coronavirus
Political Geography
Russia, Turkey, Middle East, Syria, Idlib