Military solution in Syria's Idlib 'will cause catastrophe': Turkey FM


As a Syrian army attack looks imminent on Idlib on the Turkish border, Turkey's foreign and defense ministers met on Friday with their Russian counterparts in Moscow in a bid to deter an offensive on the province.

A senior Russian official warned the United States on Saturday against making any "reckless" moves in Syria, the RIA news agency reported.

United States have information that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may again use chemical weapons during the capture of one of the districts of the country, which is held by the rebels.

"This year has seen the largest movement of displaced people since the beginning of the conflict and. the entire worldwide community has warned of the risks of a major humanitarian and migratory crisis in the event of an offensive against the province of Idlib", Von der Muhll said.

Syrian forces, backed by Russian air power, have been deploying around Idlib and waging air raids and artillery attacks in what appears to be preparations for a major assault that Assad has promised in order to retake the province.

Turkey, Russia and Iran have mediated cease-fire deals in several areas in Syria, including Idlib.

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Russia, Turkey and Iran have held talks under the Astana peace process launched a year ago and agreed to create four "de-escalation" zones to pave the way for a nationwide ceasefire.

A date for the Tehran summit involving Russia, Iran and Turkey will be announced soon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in Moscow on Friday.

Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement that the jihadist group is "preparing another provocation of the "use of chemical weapons" by Syrian government forces against the peaceful population of the Idlib province". Idlib is a strategically important province adjacent to Latakia, a regime stronghold on the Mediterranean coast that is home to Assad's clan.

As Western-backed moderate Sunni rebels have surrendered or retreated in the a year ago, Washington appears to have given up on its longtime goal of toppling Assad and has focused on two other objectives: stopping any further use of chemical weapons by Assad and curbing Iranian influence in Syria.

Russian Federation has backed Assad's forces offensive in the south, thus breaking the agreement it signed with Russian Federation and Jordan. "Where will the 3.5 million civilians go?" he asked, as Turkey has already taken in more than three million refugees from Syria.