Turkey expresses concern to Russia over attacks in Syria: source

Turkey has expressed concern to Russian Ambassador in Ankara Aleksey Yerhov over recent attacks in northwestern Syria, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Tuesday.

“A meeting was held with Russia’s Ambassador to Ankara at the ministry yesterday. The attacks in Syria were predominantly discussed. We conveyed our concerns and worries,” a foreign ministry source said on condition of anonymity.

A recent hospital attack was also emphasized during the meeting, said the official, noting that Turkish military authorities conveyed similar concerns to their Russian counterparts too.

One was killed and two others were injured in the airstrikes by Russian warplanes on Idlib province in northwestern Syria on March 21, semi-official Anadolu Agency reported.

An artillery shelling on the Al-Atareb Surgical Hospital in western Aleppo reportedly killed several patients.

Ankara and Moscow agreed in September 2018 to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone where acts of aggression are expressly prohibited.

Last week, the Turkish Defense Ministry said it notified Russia to stop firing towards Jarablus and al-Bab towns, which are within the Turkish operation zone in northern Syria.