Syria: Erdogan expresses concern over Idlib raids to Putin

'Assad wants to sabotage Ankara-Moscow cooperation'. New raids

14 May, 11:55

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL/BEIRUT, MAY 14 - The presidents of Turkey and Russia, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vladimir Putin, have spoken on the phone in the last few hours to discuss the crisis in Idlib, the north-western Syrian province controlled by rebels which has been once again at the center of an offensive launched by Bashar al Assad's forces and his allies, according to the Turkish presidency.

    The Turkish presidency's communications office said that Erdogan during the talks expressed concern for ceasefire violations in the de-escalation zone agreed last September with Putin in Sochi, warning his counterpart that Damascus' objective is to "sabotage Turkish-Russian cooperation".

    Meanwhile Russian and Syrian government air raids are ongoing in Syria's north-western region of Idlib. Turkish soldiers and local anti-regime militias are in these areas which have been outside of the government's control for years.

    ISIS has claimed a series of dynamite attacks in eastern Syria, in areas controlled by Kurdish militias and US forces.


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