OREANDA-NEWS. The United States is ready, together with humanitarian aid, to provide Turkey with ammunition for military operations in Syrian governorate of Idlib. This was declared by US Special Representative for Syria Engagement and the Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIL, James Jeffrey. “Turkey is a NATO ally. Much of the military uses American equipment. We will make sure that equipment is ready and usable,” the politician said.

US Ambassador to Turkey David Satterfield stated at a briefing that Washington is considering Ankara’s request for air defense systems. On February 20, Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar announced that the USA may supply Turkey with Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems to support the military operations in the Idlib de-escalation zone.