Ankara a number of concessions regarding the Kurdish forces in Syria on the background of the easing of relations with Moscow, the Financial Times reports, citing sources in the leadership of the Syrian opposition. The rebel leaders, which refers to the publication on condition of anonymity, argued that the impact of the resumption of relations of Russia and Turkey will be felt by the Syrian opposition. According to them, the greatest effect of the rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow will feel the radical Islamist groups supported by Turkey.
“There will be compromises and concessions on the Kurds and the rebels… But the Turks will not abandon the opposition is not in their strategic interests,” in turn, said the publication of the Ezzedine al-Salam, the leader of the rebel group Fastack Kama Umart.
According to the FT sources in the Syrian opposition, a week before the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed regret in connection with the downed Russian su-24, Turkey organized a secret meeting between Syrian opposition leaders and representatives of Moscow. In addition, according to sources in diplomatic circles in Ankara before the start of a public rapprochement with Moscow, to take steps to mitigate the position in Syria. For example, Turkey through Algeria organized a private channel to discuss the Kurdish issue with the Syrian leadership.
The Turkish government also recently fired in charge on Board the Syrian intelligence chief in token of it they can move away from rigid positions regarding a possible transaction with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, diplomatic sources tell the Financial Times.
“Every now reconsidering their position because we all know that peace deals [in Syria] will not be”, — said FT is close to the Russian diplomat in Syria, referring to a growing sense that the United States and Russia can not agree on a peace deal in mounted on the 1 August deadline.
Relations between Russia and Turkey worsened after in November last year the Turkish air force shot down a Russian su-24 bomber on the Turkish-Syrian border. June 27, the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov reported that Erdogan has sent Vladimir Putin the letter in which the Turkish leader had offered condolences for the death of Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov in the downed su-24. In the Kremlin the message of Erdogan called an important step towards the normalization of relations. After that, between the leaders of Russia and Turkey had a telephone conversation, the results of which Putin instructed the government to begin restoring relations with Ankara. Erdogan after the conversation said that he agreed with Putin about a meeting at the G20 summit in China in early September. The Kremlin later said that the two leaders can meet before the G20 summit.