Syria has right to chase terrorists out of Idlib: Russia

31 August, 2018, 19:41 | Author: Rachel Logan
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"It's very regrettable", he said.

As the Syrian armed forces are preparing to launch a full-scale offensive to retake the northern province of Idlib, Russia says the Syrian troops have the full right to go after and hunt the terrorists out of the last stronghold of militants.

The region is also a known hotbed of al Qaeda-linked terrorists.

Syrian rebel fighters (left) prepare in anticipation of an attack in the Idlib province on Thursday.

"We are striving to find an effective solution in the liberated Syrian north that would protect our people from a possible offensive by the criminal regime and its allies".

Turkey has proposed that the U.S. share intelligence with Russian Federation and Iran on Syrian extremist groups to prevent what could become the biggest humanitarian crisis of the seven-year war.

The ministry said areas covered by the drills "will be declared unsafe for navigation and flights in advance".

"I assure you that we do not have chemical weapons and are not able to use them", he added, according to Syrian state news agency SANA.

Turkey has intensified contacts with Russian Federation and Iran in recent days amid escalating tension over an impending military operation by the Syrian army into the rebel-held Idlib province of the war-torn country. "Their past gestures at humanitarian pauses and corridors have not reduced the suffering caused by Russian and regime attacks".

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"We are conducting joint work with the Russians and Iranians on Idlib to avoid another Aleppo disaster", Erdoğan said during a Victory Day reception at the presidential palace in Ankara on August 30.

The United Nations has called on Russia, Iran and Turkey to delay a battle that could affect millions of civilians.

De Mistura floated two options: one to not accelerate military escalation to allow more time for talks, and another to "allow and facilitate a credible - credible - humanitarian corridor to allow the civilian population to temporarily evacuate to a safer area".

Yet even Turkey - which once supported the group as it sought to topple Assad - is unlikely to put much skin in the game. He said he could travel to the area himself to help monitor an evacuation.

The fighters must be defeated, Mr de Mistura said, but not at the expense of thousands of civilian lives.

During a press conference with his Saudi counterpart in Moscow on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov hinted the assault may be imminent.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov made the comments to reporters on a conference call while answering a question about planned Russian naval drills in the Mediterranean, an exercise he said the hard situation in Syria justified.

The Ustinov evidently cruised southward after its English Channel passage and eventually slipped through the Strait of Gibraltar before making what Russian news reports this week described as a "business call" at the port of Algiers.

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