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Turkey is seeking to use Syrian airspace and will “hopefully” find a solution soon over the crisis in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday.

“Our biggest problem is that we could not use the airspace (in Idlib). Hopefully, we will soon find a solution to this too,” Erdogan told his party’s lawmakers.

Turkey will not take any step back about Idlib, the president said, reiterating the end-of-February deadline he set for the retreat of Syrian government forces in Idlib. Erdogan called on Damascus to “stop its attacks as soon as possible”and withdraw from Turkey’s observation posts in Idlib by the deadline.

“We will not take the smallest step back in Idlib and we will certainly push the regime outside the borders we determined,” he said.

Erdogan’s warning came on the day that Turkish and Russian delegations will hold a new round of talks in Turkey’s capital Ankara aiming to find a solution in Idlib after the escalation in Syria’s last rebel stronghold. Enditem

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