The new appearance of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia Gerasimov in Turkey

On Monday, October 10, 2016, during the visit of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin to Istanbul at the energy summit, talks were held with General of the Army General of Turkey, Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, General H. Akar. This is the second appearance of General V.V. Gerasimov in Turkey for a month - after the visit, which took place on September 15.
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Meeting of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, Army General V.V. Gerasimov in Ankara (Turkey), 09/15/2016 (c) www.sabah.com.tr
New negotiations between the chiefs of the General Staffs of the two countries took place against the background of the meeting of R.T. Erdogan and V.V. Putin and mainly affected the situation in Syria.In particular, the situation in Aleppo, the course and prospects of the Turkish operation "Euphrates Shield" in Syria, the exchange of intelligence information were discussed.
During the talks, the issue of creating a humanitarian corridor along the Castello road to Aleppo to deliver humanitarian supplies for the civilian population was raised. At the same time, a statement was made that both sides support the plan of UN Special Representative for Syria Staffan de Mistura to withdraw opposition regime and unwilling to "reconcile" the militants from Aleppo, and will do everything necessary to support this plan.
A certain part of the militants defending Aleppo are members of pro-Turkish Turkmen groups. It is also very likely that there will be a certain number of Turkish “military experts” and instructors among them. As part of the trend that was emerging on the eve of the coup in Turkey, the Turkish leadership tried to strengthen control over the militants operating in Syria and their ties in Turkey. The Turkish desire to tighten control over the border with the province of Idlib has somewhat complicated Ankara’s relations with the former Jabhat al-Nusra structures.Tensions between Nusra and pro-Turkish groups increased.
Probably, through the humanitarian corridor near the Castello road, Turkey may withdraw part of its loyal militants, mainly Turkmen, from Aleppo. It is possible that among them there are Turkish volunteers and military advisers. The Turkish government will thus be able to avoid their capture and destruction. The Turks will be able to significantly increase their influence in the province of Idlib, having poured into the ranks of the militants the Turkmen and partially Arab population evacuated from Aleppo. It is likely that part of the detachments from Aleppo will be redeployed to fight against the Islamic State to the north of the province of the same name, joining the ranks of the rebel Syrian Free Army, operating together with the Turkish army. In addition, it will be possible to get rid of part of the militants not controlled by the Turks and teach the rest.
If at the beginning of the civil war in Syria, the Turkish government emphasized the importance of Aleppo as an economic and political center, now there is a fall in Turkish interest in the city. In 2014-2015, the Turkish authorities managed to bring part of the equipment of the enterprises of Aleppo to Turkey, the city itself lost a significant part of the population and was severely destroyed.Thus, its value for Turkey has significantly decreased, and it is possible to exchange it within the framework of agreements with Russia to create a Turkish buffer zone in the provinces of Lattakia, Idlib and in the northern part of the province of Aleppo. Against this background, intensified contacts of the Syrian government B. Assad and the Turkish government circles, through the mediation of Turkish public figures previously considered oppositional.
Another part of the Russian-Turkish military negotiations was devoted to the Turkish operation "Euphrates Shield" in Syria. Turkey, on the one hand, would like to enlist more international support for its ground operation in Northern Syria. On the other hand, the Turkish military did not want Turkey to become involved in a full-scale conflict, seeking to limit its intervention. The exchange of intelligence information discussed would probably clarify the complex alignment of the opposing forces and avoid mutual strikes against Syrian government forces, moderate opposition, and Turkish and Russian military advisers.
Another important point of the talks was the discussion of military-technical cooperation between Russia and Turkey.
Earlier, the magazine “Export of Armaments” already wrote about those proposals for military-technical cooperation that were voiced at the Petersburg meeting between RT. Erdogan and V.V. Putin According to bmpd, the Turkish side then offered Russia to return as one of the participants in the notorious tender for the purchase of a medium-range and long-range air defense system. Now it is unlikely, however, according to V.V. Putin, it is necessary to saturate this proposal of cooperation in the DIC with specific content. According to bmpd sources, this could be cooperation in the creation of military transport aircraft, multi-purpose helicopters, as well as high-precision missile weapons. Another area of ​​cooperation could be space exploration, in particular, the launch of Turkish satellites. According to information from own sources bmpd, the launch into space of the first Turkish cosmonaut was also discussed.

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