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


Syria's government, amid growing tension between its ally Russian Federation and neighboring Turkey, is holding off on a planned offensive on a major rebel stronghold, giving Ankara more time to persuade armed groups to disperse.

Ankara, which hosts some 3.5 million refugees, has said it could not take any more if an attack on Idlib drove a new surge of people towards its border.

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. They added that the expected attack by Syrian troops on Idlib province would make other battles in the country look minor.

A full-scale military offensive on Idlib risks creating the worst humanitarian tragedy of the 21st century, United Nations aid agencies have said, amid concerns that a severe funding shortfall threatens the most vulnerable victims of the conflict.

For weeks, government troops backed by Russian Federation and Iran have massed around Idlib, and air strikes and bombings have intensified in recent days.

The U.S. warned Russian Federation on Wednesday that it will bear responsibility for the resulting humanitarian crisis in Syria if the Moscow-backed Syrian military attacks Idlib.

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Last Friday, the leaders of Iran, Russia and Turkey met in Iran for talks on Idlib and on the same day the UN Security Council held a session on Idlib. Maas emphasized that fact by stating: "If there's a political solution that leads to free elections ultimately, then we are ready to take responsibility for the reconstruction".

Washington's threats to take military action to deter a Syrian assault on Al-Qaeda-held Idlib province has prompted Fox News host Tucker Carlson to ask the obvious question: Why would the U.S. bomb a country to protect terrorists?

Activists had said that the Nusra Front, otherwise known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, Arabic for the Levant Liberation Committee (LLC), rounded up and killed tens of the reconciliation advocates in Idlib. But the Turkish military did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"We will keep the refugees in Syria for the safety of both Turkey and European countries".

He said the postponement of the military operation against the rebels in Idlib relies on "to what extent the global community members could assist in the separation of moderate opposition from radicals in Idlib".

Stephane Dujarric told reporters at the U.N.'s NY headquarters the majority of those displaced between September 1 - 9 have fled to northern Idlib near the Turkish border amid an escalating air and ground offensive by regime and Russian forces there.