Erdogan to meet Putin again in bid to avert attack on Idlib

Erika Holt
September 16, 2018

The meeting comes as the global community has raised concerns over a potential Syrian government offensive in Idlib province, bordering Turkey, the last stronghold of the armed opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey had also contacted foreign ministers of several countries and was in touch with "all actors in Syria".

We will remind, last time the leaders of Russian Federation and Turkey met in Ankara in April 2018.

And following talks last week with Iran and Russian Federation, .

The US has struck Syria twice after claims of chemical weapons use by the government in Damascus, Haley said on Wednesday in a Fox News interview.

"We are ready to cooperate with everyone to fight terrorist organizations". Turkey strongly warned against the military action, saying it would trigger a humanitarian catastrophe.

The delay follows moves by Turkey to fortify its positions in Idlib province, the last major holdout for Syria's armed antiregime opposition, with troops and tanks.

Russian Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov earlier said about the plans to hold these negotiations.

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On Thursday, the Observatory said that 185 truckloads of weapons and military gears entered areas in Idlib from Turkey under the supervision of the Turkish forces, which maintain 12 observation points in Idlib and nearby Hama countryside. Assad has vowed to recover "every inch" of Syria.

The UN chief appealed to Iran, Russia and Turkey to find a way to isolate terrorist groups and create a situation in which civilians will not have to pay price for solution of the Idlib problem.

Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday that preparations are under way for Putin's meeting with Erdogan in Sochi on Monday.

The Turkish military does not comment on troop movements, but Reuters television footage has shown military convoys heading to the border region in the last week.

Syria's conflict has killed more than 350,000 people and forced millions more out of their homes, but the United Nations has warned that a full-blown attack on Idlib could bring unprecedented suffering.

"The Commission of Inquiry demands that all parties to the conflict and those states who support them do everything in their power to prevent a massacre in Idlib", the war crimes investigators said in a statement read out by panel chairman Paulo Pinheiro to a news conference.

The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement late Wednesday that 38,300 were displaced by the violence since September 1, majority heading toward the Turkish-Syrian borders to already overcrowded displaced persons camps.

Russian and Syrian warplanes launched waves of air strikes in the northwest last week, killing dozens and uprooting tens of thousands.

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