It is reported by a Turkish media outlet that the US special representative for the region James Jeffrey has reiterated US support for Turkey on its ongoing Spring Shield operation inside Syria.
He said, the United States is willing to provide ammunition alongside humanitarian assistance to Turkey in Syria’s war-torn Idlib region.
“Turkey is a NATO ally. Much of the military uses American equipment. We will make sure that equipment is ready and usable,” said Jeffrey.
In another development, the US Ambassador to Turkey, David Satterfield, said that the US is examining Turkey’s request for air defense systems.
In November 2019, Turkey tested its Russia-made S-400 air defense system in a move to diversify its arsenal. Many analysts thought that Turkey had been rifting away from the western world and getting close with Russia. But when Turkey is confronting Syria in the Idlib battlefield, it needs cutting edge weaponry against the Russian war-tested technologies. Since EU is very reluctant to support Turkey in its Idlib operation, it has no other option except resorting to the US in order to achieve its objectives.
On 5 March, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will sit with Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss the situation of Idlib and to design a road-map to mitigate the crisis. Before that meeting, the US military assurance to Turkey may play an important role to put weight on Putin for calibrating with Turkish move in Idlib.