On Monday morning, Arab newspapers focused on Idlib truce, Russian conditions, and exploitation of Turkey to the truce.
Al-Bayan: Calm in Idlib and Moscow require to eradicate Jabhat al-Nusra and «Salvation Government » to proceed with the cease-fire
Regarding the Syrian issue, Al-Bayan newspaper referred to the truce in Idlib and "Relative calm prevails in the province of Idlib, northwest of Syria, the Syrian government and its Russian ally take into account the "unilateral ceasefire" towards armed groups, despite limited skirmishes that have killed five fighters, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said that "relative calm remains the dominant situation throughout the region, with several shells falling from time to time, while the aircraft of the Syrian regime and the Russian guarantor are still stopped from targeting the area of De-escalation since the ceasefire came into effect."
A military source in the opposition revealed that Russia stipulated that Turkey should eradicate HTS (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and its Salvation Government in Idlib province.
The source confirmed, according to pages on social networking sites of the opposition «on the conditions set by Russia to accept a new agreement with Turkey, and accordingly Russia approved a cease-fire for only 8 days, until the implementation of the conditions».
The source stressed that «the condition of eradicating HTS, on top of the Russian conditions, in addition to remove Salvation Government which has been formed by body, and elimination of the Islamic factions in north areas in full, it pointed out that the reopening of the international roads linking the province of Aleppo and Hama M5 and the provinces of Aleppo and Latakia, under Russian conditions.
Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: Turkey is exploiting the "fragile truce" and strengthening its points in Syria
In the same context, Al-Sharq al-Awsat said, "Ankara used the" fragile "truce declared by the Syrian regime in Idlib, the day before yesterday, to strengthen Turkish observation points deployed in the area of De-escalation.
And entered a new military convoy belonging to the Turkish forces, yesterday, to Idlib, the second that enters the area of the Turkish border through the Kafr Lucin crossing. The Turkish army also conducted a military patrol on the Damascus-Aleppo international road in northern Syria, consisting of 4 vehicles, including 2 armored vehicles, with about 25 Turkish soldiers, towards Idlib province accompanied by elements of the Free Syrian Army, while others deployed near al-Kamari village south of Aleppo ".
Al-Arab: US raids break the understandings of Russia and Turkey in Idlib
Al-Arab newspaper said in the Syrian issue, "raids launched by US aircraft against al-Qaeda positions north of Idlib, opened the door to a new debate between the United States and Russia, about the role-playing game inside Syria, especially west of the Euphrates, where Russia and Turkey compete for influence inside.
Russia on Sunday accused the United States of "endangering" the ceasefire in Syria's Idlib province, where Washington carried out an air strike against jihadist leaders on Saturday night.
Arab diplomatic sources considered that the US raids are a new shift in Washington's strategy to combat terrorism in Syria in terms of moving its theater of operations from eastern Syria and the Syrian-Iraqi border to western Syria within the De-escalation zone in Idlib, which is subject to the understandings of Ankara and Moscow.
Arab diplomatic sources in Beirut considered that Washington's renewed military operations in this particular region without notifying Turkey and Russia is a serious challenge to the recent rapprochement between Moscow and Ankara, a challenge to the ongoing coordination between Russia and Turkey on this region, and a challenge to modern understandings between them after the recent visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Moscow. "