Contents tagged with Idlib

  • Turkey postpones joint patrols with Russia in Syrian Idlib

    Patrolling the demilitarized zone in the Syrian province of Idlib scheduled for October 15th was temporarily put on hold due to a request by the Turkish side, reports a RIA News source, familiar with the situation.

    “Turkey asked for more time and to postpone the start of joint patrols in Idlib. The Russian side was ready to start this morning,” said a source in the agency.

    According to the source, the Turkish side referred to safety concerns, which so far, they cannot fully guarantee.    

    “ …

  • Putin considers large-scale military actions in Syria unnecessary

    There is every reason to believe that there will be no need for large-scale military actions in Syria, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at his meeting with the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

    According to Putin, the Turkish side takes their obligations of the de-escalation zone operations in Idlib seriously. Ankara contributes to the withdrawal of both militants and heavy weapons.

    “We work in solidarity with the Turkish partners. We see that they are also serious about fulfilling …

  • Putin calls off Idlib offensive after negotiations with Erdogan

    Russia will not hold a military operation in Syria’s Idlib province, home to 3 million people, which the Kremlin called a “nest of terrorists” earlier in September.

    The decision to call off the Russian Aerospace Forces’ offensive was announced by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu on Monday. The Russian aircraft had been bombing the region to clear the way for Assad’s troops since September 4.

    Following negotiations between Russian and Turkish presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan …

  • Berlin calls on Moscow to stop attacks on Idlib

    Berlin called on Moscow and Tehran to stop the planned attack on the Syrian government troops in the province of Idlib. “Russia and Iran have a special responsibility,” stated the official representative of the German government Steffen Seibert on Wednesday, September 12th. According to him, Moscow has enough influence on the Syrian government to prevent the catastrophe.

    “The chances of a truce depend on Russia,” he indicated. A meeting of the foreign ministers of Germany, Heiko Mass and …

  • Kremlin: we do not take seriously reports about possible US strikes on Russian military in Syria

    The Kremlin does not seriously consider news by the American media regarding possible strikes by the US military on Russian facilities in Syria, said Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president, as cited by RIA Novosti .

    “We no longer seriously consider media reports, because they have completely discredited [themselves]. We pay attention to official statements,” Peskov said.

    Earlier, on September 10th, the Wall Street Journal reported that the White House is considering …

  • UN: Battle of Idlib could become worst humanitarian catastrophe of 21st century

    The United Nations has warned that a full-scale war in the province of Idlib in north-western Syria could turn into the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the 21st century, because many thousands of the three million inhabitants of this region could be killed.

    According to the UN, many civilians were already killed in the air and ground strikes by the Syrian army and its Russian allies last week, and more than 30,000 people were forced to abandon their homes.

    Nearly half of Idlib’s three …

  • Turkey tells Syrian opposition to prepare for transfer to Idlib

    The opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) was told by Turkey to prepare for the possible movement of a large contingent of fighters into Syria’s Idlib province,  reported the pro-government Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak on Monday.

    According to the report, Ankara ordered the FSA to draft reports on the opposition forces’ personnel, the existing weapons and ammunition. If needed, roughly 20,000 armed FSA members will be transferred to Idlib, where they will join the other divisions of the armed …

  • Russia launches massive airstrike on Idlib

    Russian and Syrian government aircraft launched a massive airstrike on Syria’s Idlib province. According to preliminary information, the planes released several dozens of bombs. At least four civilians have been killed, including two children, according to reports from local monitoring groups.

    According to the media, this was the most powerful airstrike in the last month. It took place the day after negotiations on the situation in Idlib which were attended by the presidents of Iran, Turkey …

  • Russia promises to continue military operation in Syria

    At a UN international media seminar, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that Russia intends to continue the "fight against terrorism in Syria". According to her, Russia’s own security is at stake.

    “We have killed, are killing and will continue to kill terrorists… And it doesn’t matter whether it’s Aleppo, Idlib or other locations in Syria. Peace must be brought back to Syria,” she stated.

    The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman emphasized that it is not just a matter of …

  • Turkey condemns Russia's strikes on Syrian Idlib

    Ankara condemns air strikes on Syrian Idlib carried out by Russian aircraft, stated Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, as quoted by Anadolu news agency.

    According to him, after the attacks, Turkey informed Russia that it considers an attack on a province not controlled by Syrian President Bashar Assad, a mistake. “The purpose of the attacks is, to capture Idlib. This poses a serious risk. This will be a disaster in every way,” said Cavusoglu. He added that an offensive by Assad's …