The Living Force
Erdogan may be a power hungry, demented maniac but he's not stupid. He might be pushing the limits with Russia - so he can get "concessions" to hold onto Idlib but Syria's Assad is still very much in the equation. I doubt that Erdogan wants a direct military confrontation with Russia? Russian and Iranian Forces would come in heavy and push Erdogan and what's left of his proxies, over the Turkish-Syrian Border. If something like that happened, Assad could turn the tables on Erdogan and demand "a safety zone" from the Syrian Border and into Turkey territory, the same tactic Erdogan used to get access to Syrian oil wells and occupy Idlib. Assad could then demand - just like Erdogan did - for joint military patrols in the safety zone. What Erdogan is pulling off can work both ways, if conditions are right. Add, American forces and it's proxies are often in close proximity to Turkish camps and the Americans would be forced out along with Turkish forces. The Americans don't want to lose control of the Syrian/Iraq Border - that's their supply line. Especially now, as NATO plans on adding more Troops and hardware into Iraq. The American's (Pentagon) isn't interested in Idlib but in taking over Syria, as a whole - right up to the Russian Border.
Russia and Turkey failed to reach agreement at Syria talks: Lavrov
Turkey's Erdogan says Syria talks with Russia unsatisfactory, offensive 'matter of time'
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the parliament today that an operation against Syrian government forces in the rebel-held province of Idlib was “a matter of moments” after talks between Turkish officials and their Russian counterparts in Moscow failed to deliver “the desired result.”
Turkey: Ankara no longer need Russian Su-35 and Su-57
Erdogan will close the Bosporus for Russian warships
'Another unsuccessful drone attack on Hmeimim airbase carried by terrorists.'