Idlib offensive tests strength of Russia-Turkey ties in Syria

Russia is tiring of Ankara's balancing act between Washington and Moscow, and Turkey's less-than-successful actions in Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend a meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, April 8, 2019. Maxim Shipenkov/Pool via REUTERS

Moscow is increasingly concerned and restless over Turkey’s moves in northern Syria.

Russia’s active support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Idlib offensive indicates Moscow thinks ongoing talks between Turkey and the United States over northeast Syria could lead to the balance of power shifting in Washington's favor. The Kremlin’s patience with Turkey’s balancing act between the two superpowers is wearing thin.

The military offensive against Syrian rebel forces is taking place in Idlib and northern Hama provinces. The

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