March 2, 2020 / 2:57 PM / a month ago

Turkey's Erdogan says he hopes for Idlib ceasefire in Putin talks

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, February 29, 2020. Turkish Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that he hoped to achieve a ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin this week.

Turkey and the rebels its backs have escalated attacks in Idlib against Syrian government forces, which are backed by Russia. Erdogan and Putin are due to meet on Thursday.

Speaking in Ankara, Erdogan said that Turkish forces on Sunday rendered unusable Syrian government’s Nayrab military airport, east of Aleppo city.

Reporting by Daren Butler and Ezgi Erkoyun; Writing by Ali Kucukgocmen; Editing by Dominic Evans

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