The head of the Russian-Arab Cultural Center in Saint Petersburg, Dr. Muslim Shaito, told North-Press that the battle in Idlib will not be finished by a military or political track individually, but rather by parallel and coordination between the two lines.
Dr. Shaito explained that what the Syrian government forces are doing with the support of the Russian Air Forces, is aimed at a gradual and progressive deduction of the regions of the Turkish-backed armed opposition groups.
Dr. Shaito stated that Russia is trying to parallel that by investing its economic and political relations with Ankara to stabilize the changes and new facts taking place on the ground, in order to reach the implementation of Astana and Sochi agreements that obligate Turkey to withdraw from those areas, withdraw the “terrorist organizations" and separate them from the moderate ones.
Moreover, the expert close to Russia, Dr. Muslim Shaito, believes that the two parallel lines (political and military) will lead to a change in the balance of powers on the ground that requires Turkey to adhere to the developments, and requires it to return to abide by the agreements it had signed, and obliges it to withdraw from M4 and M5 highways, in addition to playing a role in taking out the “terrorist organizations” from the Turkish-held areas and its affiliated armed opposition groups.
Dr. Shaito added that the Syrian government forces attempt to quickly reach the city of Idlib, is linked to Russia's efforts to conduct political and economic action in terms of the relationship with Turkey .. But Shaito believes that the experience says that the agreement signed by Turkey two years ago, did not implement what it ought to. He believes that Turkey has lots of capabilities to delay in order to prevent a quick arrival by the Syrian government forces to the city of Idlib; which requires time until the Syrian government forces finish the battle.
In his interview with North-Press, Dr. Shaito said that the recent Israeli strikes are linked to the Turkish moves, which means - according to Shaito - that there is a clear coordination between Tel Aviv and Ankara. This indicates that the United States is leading the operations in Syria.
“Russia is facing new facts that compel it to reconsider its relationship with Turkey," he added. He also spoke of voices in Russia that began to be "very disgusted" by the Israeli behavior as threatening the Syrian entity, which Moscow seeks to preserve and get rid of the terrorist organizations.