Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Russia, Turkey, Iran fail to agree on ceasefire for Syria's Idlib

White House pledges to 'respond swiftly' if Assad uses chemical weapons again Erdogan warns of 'massacre' in Syria's Idlib | Bangkok Post: news
Andrew Cummings | 07 September, 2018, 23:00

The president said Turkey has been making efforts to help end bloodshed in Syria since the beginning and that his country does not want any Syrian brother to even suffer a "nose bleed".

Two other companies in the network, "Lebanon-based Nasco Polymers and UAE-based Sonex Investments were designated for facilitating shipments to Syrian ports by serving as consignees and chartering the vessels", the statement also said. "Any fight against terrorists requires methods based on time and patience". And Russia wants to maintain its regional presence to fill the vacuum left by the U.S.'s long uncertainty about what it wants in the conflict.

Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said the leaders would focus on the situation in Idlib, and the expected chemical provocation in the area.

According to the UN, Idlib is home to about 2.9 million civilians, including 1.4 million displaced from other parts of Syria.

Jeffrey warned of the risks of an offensive on the province and said the USA wouldn't "tolerate an attack (on Idlib), period!"

"Turkey has 12 observation points in Idlib".

A bloody offensive that creates a massive wave of death and displacement, however, runs counter to their narrative that the situation in Syria is normalising, and could hurt Russia's longer-term efforts to encourage the return of refugees and get Western countries to invest in Syria's post-war reconstruction.

Putin offered no evidence to back his claim.

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On Friday morning, Russian air raids pounded rebel positions in the southwest of Idlib killing five people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

There was no immediate reaction from fighters in Idlib.

"Idlib is about a lot of worldwide power play and everyone is looking after their interests", al-Mustafa said.

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations said western powers were trying to protect the Islamic extremist insurgent groups based in Idlib. "They are fleeing to areas near Turkey where they hope to be safe from further aerial bombardment". Abdurrahman said suspected Russian warplanes carried out the attack. Five months after Trump said the U.S. would be leaving Syria "very soon", and two months after he and Russia's Vladimir Putin suggested they could be partners in handling the situation in Syria, U.S. officials said the military effort there is being extended indefinitely, due partly to concerns about Russian Federation.

Eight aid agencies warned that in the coming offensive "it will be the most vulnerable who will pay the heaviest price, with women, children, and the elderly in Idlib unlikely to be able to move to safety".

Idlib is one of the so-called "de-escalation" zones set up as a result of talks by Russia, Turkey and Iran past year as Damascus regained control of more of the country.

She said much of the same on Thursday.

France has invited the United States, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Germany and Britain for talks on the sidelines of the U.N. meeting to discuss Syria, Jeffrey said.

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