August 30, 2019 / 9:23 AM / 23 days ago

Russia assured Turkey of no attacks on posts in Syria - Turkish minister

FILE PHOTO: Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu speaks during a preparatory meeting for the GCC, Arab and Islamic summits in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, May 29, 2019. REUTERS/Waleed Ali

OSLO (Reuters) - Turkey’s foreign minister said on Friday Russia had assured Turkey its observation posts in northwest Syria would not be attacked.

Speaking in Oslo, Mevlut Cavusoglu warned that continued attacks by Russian-based Syrian government forces in rebel-held Idlib province could unleash another wave of Syrian refugees to Europe. He added that Turkey’s military, which backs some Syrian rebel groups, would leave the region only when a political solution was found.

Reporting Nerijus Adomaitis in Oslo Writing by Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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