Turkey is resolved to stop the Assad regime’s attempts to violate a cease-fire in the embattled northwestern province of Idlib, Turkey’s president said on Tuesday.

“We are determined to stop the regime’s attempts to violate the cease-fire — ourselves if needed. This is no joke. Everybody should see and accept that Turkey definitely does what it says,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his party’s parliamentary group in the Turkish capital Ankara.

“I hope the cease-fire lasts,” Erdogan said, referring to the cease-fire that began early Sunday, succeeding an oft-violated de-escalation deal reached in September 2018.

Noting that previous cease-fires in

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