Published: Sat, September 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Kremlin confirms preparations for Putin, Erdogan meeting on Monday

Kremlin confirms preparations for Putin, Erdogan meeting on Monday

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday in another bid to avert a looming Syrian government assault on the rebel-held province of Idlib bordering Turkey that has sparked worldwide concern.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Monday to discuss the situation in Syria's Idlib amid increasing Russian and Assad regime attacks on the last opposition enclave.

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.

At a humanitarian meeting of regional and worldwide powers on Syria, a Russian diplomat said that everything was being done to find a peaceful solution, Moumtzis said. It has reinforced 12 military observation posts in the region, and stepped up arms shipments to allied rebels.

The Russian military has been fighting alongside Syrian government troops in the 7-year civil war.

The Russian foreign minister also raised the possibility of rebels using chemical weapons against government troops in Idlib as grounds for an offensive but added: "What is being presented at the moment as the beginning of a Russian-backed offensive by Syrian forces is not a faithful representation of the facts". But the Turkish military did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The resulting impact on civilians has been dramatic, Laerke said, his concerns echoing those of UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, who a day earlier had issued a warning about a military escalation in Idlib, after a recent meeting with Syria government officials in the country's capital.

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Weaponising chlorine is prohibited under the Chemical Weapons Convention, ratified by Syria, and under customary global humanitarian law, the investigators said in their latest report.

According to UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, there are about 10,000 militants from the terror groups Jabhat al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda in this region.

United Nations investigators have previously attributed several chemical attacks in Syria to government forces, including one attack using the nerve agent Sarin gas against the Idlib town of Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017.

"It is in our interest for Syria to be a stable country".

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

"The global community also needs to take responsibility", Kalin said after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. "The operation is not cancelled, but we have time".

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