Erdogan and Putin clash over Idlib ceasefire in Syria

Erdogan and Putin clash over Idlib ceasefire in Syria

Erdogan and Putin clash over Idlib ceasefire in Syria

Like many others across the northwestern province, the 29-year-old is fearful of a chemical weapons attack in the event of a large-scale Syrian government offensive. The only other thing he has been able to do to provide at least some protection to his family was to seal off the bathroom of their house and transform it into an improvised shelter.

The fate of the insurgent stronghold in and around Idlib province rests on a meeting to be held in Tehran on Friday between the leaders of Assad's supporters Russian Federation and Iran, and the rebels' ally, Turkey.

"People should be granted safe passage to places of their own choosing if they want to leave", Staffan de Mistura told a Security Council meeting on the crisis in Idlib. When the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran meet in Tehran Friday, Sept. 7, all eyes will be on their diplomacy averting a bloodbath in Idlib, Syria's crowded northwestern province and last opposition stronghold.

In addition to opposition forces who have sworn to fight to the death, Idlib is also home to nearly 3 million civilians who will be caught up in the battle.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Russia's special services and military to coordinate its efforts far more closely with Iran and Turkey.

The leaders each held bilateral talks before the meeting began in Tehran.

Trump will chair a U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran during an annual gathering of world leaders in NY later this month. While Idlib is expected to top the agenda, the trio are also expected to discuss mechanisms for minimizing the impact of United States financial pressure.

"The only way they manage to smoke people out of the tunnels is by using chemical weapons".

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The U.S. and its allies, however, believe it is Assad's forces who appear to be preparing a chemical attack in Idlib. 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.

While it's hard to be sure of the depth of Trump's engagement on Syria policy considering his quick reversals in recent months, he was part of an effort by USA officials this week to warn the Syrian regime and its allies not to use chemical weapons or target civilians as they prepare for an assault on Idlib province, the last rebel stronghold.

Trump has said Russian Federation could be a partner in Syria, but regional experts have long doubted Moscow's ability or desire to remove Iranian forces from the country.

Hossein Jaberi Ansari, a senior aide in the Foreign Ministry, said the presidents would seek a compromise and that "Turkey and Iran are sufficiently mature politically to facilitate such a compromise".

The conquest of Idlib will allow Syrian leader Bashar Assad to regain full control of the country and the Teheran summit meeting between Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is where the future of Syria is now being discussed. Crucially, the plan would also guarantee the security of the Russian air base of Hmeimeem.

The U.S. Department of Treasury announced sanctions against five Syrian companies and four individuals on allegations of facilitating crude oil shipments and financing to the Assad government, Reuters reports, citing a statement by the department. "I think we all want to avoid that", he said while visiting Athens earlier this week. The Turks are trying to find a way out. "The Turks have shown a great deal of resistance to an attack", he said. Idlib is the last major area held by rebels in Syria.

A Syrian woman sits on a straw mat next to children outside a tent at a camp for displaced civilians fleeing from advancing government forces near the village of Sarman in the rebel-held northwestern Idlib province, September 1, 2018.

In the final statement, the three agreed on the need to eliminate Islamic State, the Nusra Front, and other groups linked to al Qaeda and designated as terrorists.

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