Putin-Erdogan summit: Prelude to Russo-Turkish clash or last best hope for Syrian peace?

Erdogan arrives in Russia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives in Russia to discuss the situation in Syria with President Vladimir Putin. Damascus and Ankara are on the brink of open conflict over the fate of militant-controlled Idlib province.

The summit takes place as Turkey has sent thousands of troops, tanks and drones into Idlib, the last remaining province of Syria held by militants who once sought to overthrow the government in Damascus. Events seemed to be headed towards a direct confrontation after 34 Turkish soldiers were killed in a Syrian airstrike last week.

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