Turkey`s national news agency Anadolu has published a map that supposedly illustrates the Sochi agreement, with Turkish territory dyed green on the map and moving eastward into Syria`s Aleppo province. The Syrian government is described as a “regime” on the Turkish map. The Sochi Agreement (also known as the Dagomys Agreement (Russian:) was a ceasefire agreement that would have marked the end of the Georgian-Ossetian and Georgian-Abkhazia conflicts, signed on 24 June in Sochi. 1992 between Georgia and Russia, the ceasefire with Abkhazia on 27 July 1993. In point 2 of the agreement with Erdogan, Putin agreed to stop Russian airstrikes against targets in Idlib and acknowledged that “all necessary measures to avoid military operations and attacks against Idlib” will now mean that Turkey-occupied Idlib is a no-fly zone for Russian aircraft. The Sochi agreement means Turkish consolidation of Syrian territory and military occupation until the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad`s government in Damascus: this is the assessment of the Turkish government media. “The Idlib agreement also protects the profits generated by the Afrin and Euphrate Shield operations,” said Mehmet Acet, a veteran of state television. “The communication of the demands between Putin and Erdogan has turned the Damascus regime`s desire to conquer the remaining Syrian territory into a mere dream. [Until Assad is impeached], it will not be an option for Turkish forces to withdraw from Syria. The text of the Sochi agreement, which is currently circulating, is linked to a letter from Russian and Turkish representatives to the United Nations (UN), Vasily Nebenzia and Feridun Sinirlioglu, who forwarded it to the President of the Un Security Council – currently in the United States – and the Secretary General of the United Nations. Your letter was dated September 18. Read the letter and text of the Sochi agreement here.
A Turkish military analyst for Al-Monitor commented that the terms of the agreement were favorable to Erdogan, but for now ambiguous, perhaps temporarily. “The question now is how this comprehensive plan will be implemented in a month`s time. Less than two weeks ago, at a meeting in Tehran, Putin contradicted Erdogan`s request for a ceasefire and said: “Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other radicals are not at the negotiating table. We cannot give guarantees on his behalf. In return for the month it won in Sochi, Ankara is giving these guarantees on behalf of radical groups in Idlib. Moscow may have understood that it could not cope with a humanitarian tragedy in Idlib and that it wanted to guarantee the security of its military presence in northern Syria, especially at the Khmeimim airbase, with assurances from Ankara. At the United Nations in New York, Nebenzia`s office was asked to authenticate his letter and the text of the agreement; he refused. Sinirlioglu was also asked to authenticate the documents; He refused, too. Official photo of the exchange of texts of the treaty in Sochi, published by the Turkish national news agency Anadolu – on the left, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar; Russian Defence Minister Sergei Choïgou. Behind, Presidents Erdogan and Putin. A copy of the Russian-Turkish agreement negotiated in Sochi on Monday by President Vladimir Putin and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appeared.