Syria will be a thorn in the side of Russian-Turkish talks when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visits Moscow on September 29, according to Nezavisimaya Gazeta, since the two nations have a rising number of complaints over different Middle East accords.
While the discrepancies will not detract from the visit, the problem must be addressed. The pro-Turkish opposition is dissatisfied with what it considers Damascus’ increasing frequency of assaults on areas under its control, but the Russian Center for Warring Parties denies such allegations.
On Monday, Russian Admiral and Deputy Head of the Reconciliation Center Vadim Kulit said that a major event happened in Aleppo when Syrian Arab Republic (SAR) members tried to cross the border into Turkish territory via a minefield. As a consequence, five people were murdered and ten others were wounded, including five Syrian soldiers. On the other side, only a few days ago, the Turkish regular army shelled the region of Haseke, almost damaging Russian Aerospace Forces helicopters.
According to Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Presidential Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, Syria would be one of the issues addressed at the meeting between the two presidents.
The reciprocal accusations of assaults, according to Kirill Semyonov, an analyst from the Russian International Affairs Council, are something to be on the lookout for.
“If the strikes are verified, it implies that changes in the air control zones over northeastern Syria have occurred,” Semyonov said, adding that while retreating from the region, the US maintained control of the airspace above it. Flights over the region should be verified with the Americans, since the changes in control may have resulted from Russian-American talks.