I'm not using the Janes lingo of Russia pressuring Turkey.
There is no need for "pressure" since Russia, Turkey and Iran have coordinated all this time via their Astana partnership.
Erdogan and Putin were in contact today and it's very likely Idlib was discussed along with the situation with the Turkish lira- I'm going to get to that asap. For now Idlib.
Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey have positively assessed the implementation of joint projects, in particular in the energy sector, the Kremlin press service said on Friday after their telephone conversation.
The presidents discussed the current state and prospects for further development of mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation between the two countries," the Kremlin said. "They positively assessed the implementation of joint strategic projects, first of all, in the energy sector."
The two leaders also discussed a schedule for further contacts at various levels.
A source in the Turkish president’s administration told journalists earlier that the two presidents had discussed latest development in Syria and settlement efforts in the Astana format.
1- IHS Markit data indicates that non-state armed groups that we have classified as ‘jihadist opposition’ have been contained by Turkey and its proxies in a pocket of control around Idlib.Recall the observation posts featured in yesterday's article? How Russia, Turkey, and Iran are Going to Avoid a Battle for Idlib
2-Turkey is likely to yield to pressure from Russia, which effectively controls airspace over Idlib, to withdraw its observation posts from this area ahead of a major government operation.
Here they are again
According to Janes- the Turks have contained the opposition in a pocket of Idlib. And with the tacit, more probably the active & helpful, approval of the Syrian government. The jihadists are going east. To territory occupied by Americans and PKK. Wagons ho!
3-Jihadists will probably seek to transfer to eastern Syria, with tacit acceptance if not active facilitation by the government, to increase pressure on the US-led coalition to leave Syria.
As I had stated yesterday in my post:
It's really much more beneficial for regional stability that the Astana partners work together to deal with the Idlib situation in a more measured, careful manner. That's my opinion. And to my mind it makes much more sense for the actual preservation of Syrian sovereignty.I'd also left a comment regarding this situation at Syper's
that ended with this observation
"My hope is Idlib is cleared and returned to the Syria state- This will take much wind out of the PKK/US sails in the east. IMO Kurdish ‘negotiations’ with Damascus have been somewhat disingenuous. (Buying time)"If the Russians, Iranians, Turks and Syrians coordinate to shift the terrorists out of Idlib and into the occupied east- It could encourage the US to give up the occupation. It will also give many of the mercs/terrorist/killers a way out of Syria via Iraq. From there they can head who knows where? Time will tell.
Update # 1: Russian-Turkish Coordination on Limited Idlib Battle
It is an unnamed source, but, in this case the reports fit everything I've covered the past couple of days
A Russian source told Asharq Al-Awsat Thursday that the expected visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to Ankara early next week comes in light of information about a possible agreement between concerned parties to facilitate the control of Syria’s Idlib province without causing huge damages.
Despite a Syrian military preparation to start the battle of Idlib, the Russian source said, “There could be an agreement to facilitate the takeover of Idlib without causing immense damages.”
“We expect a mixed military operation in Idlib that would reflect complex alliances,” the source said in a sign that any agreement in the province would probably be a reproduction of the scenario of control implemented in the south of Syria, amid differences among rebels concerning the role of Jabhat al-Nusra.
He said that a large number of opposition fighters could join the Syrian Army and the Russians to confront al-Nusra and its allied forces. “We would witness an alliance of the fait accompli on the ground,” the source explained.
Jan Egland UN Advisor said “The war cannot be allowed to go to Idlib. Idlib is a very special place, it is the place where people fled”
As was covered in yesterday's post; The UN Senior Advisor for Syria Jan Egeland says Russia, Turkey, and Iran told UN humanitarian meeting that they would do their utmost to avoid a battle for Idlib.