Russia enters the field against pro-Turkey militias in Idlib. Second wave of raids since the start of the truce three months ago. Moscow has bypassed Ankara and begins to operate independently
Russia enters the field against pro-Turkey militias in Idlib. In the past few hours, Federation fighters have bombed rebel posts on the Al Ziyarah axis on the Sahl Al-Ghab plain. Objective: to support the Syrian army ground operation (SAA), which aims to push the jihadists towards the M4 to force Ankara to intervene. The Moscow strike, however, is the second since the truce between Bashar Assad and Recep Tayyp Erdogan was signed three months ago. A sign that Russia has grown tired of Turkey’s lack of results on the chapter of anti-government groups and has begun, as it had promised Erdogan long ago, to act autonomously. This risks creating great problems for Ankara, which could lose grip on the Allied formations in its area of influence, moreover near the border.
Meanwhile, Erdogan uses the weapon of water to threaten the population. The flows of the Euphrates are rapidly decreasing. The risks associated with Covid-19 and electrical blackouts increase
Turkey, however, is exploiting alternative methods to try to control the situation in northern Syria. In particular, Ankara uses the Euphrates water weapon to threaten the population. The confirmation comes from the director of the Tishrin dam in Aleppo, Muhammad Tarbush, who reported to the Hawar News Agency that the water flow is decreasing and that the whole region may face difficulties if the neighbouring country continues to reduce the river levels. Moreover, these are already outlawed as, according to the 1987 Syria-Turkey agreement, they should be 500 cubic meters per second, while today they are between 150 and 200. This increases the risks related to coronavirus for the local inhabitants and could soon cause blackouts, following the fact that hydroelectric plants already operate only thanks to the reserves of the lakes, but these are not infinite.