Moscow warns Washington against 'reckless steps' in Syria

Report: U.S. Warns Russia It Will Take Strong Action Over Any Syrian Chemical Attack

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the situation in Idlib is "multi-faceted" and called for separating out "the healthy opposition from terrorist structures".

"Not only for the Idlib region but for the future of Syria, it will cause catastrophe and the clashes may last a long time". But the latest warning is more specific, and it comes on the eve of what may be one of the bloodiest campaigns in Syria's civil war.

In April 2017 and again a year later, the USA carried out limited airstrikes on Syrian targets as punishment for what it said was the use of chemical weapons.

On a visit to Moscow on Friday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned Russian Federation that seeking a military solution in Idlib would be a "catastrophe" before meeting President Vladimir Putin.

That will likely require further talks, including with Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, but Vellucci said she had no details of additional meetings next month.

Having largely cleared other parts of the war-torn country from radical Islamist rebels, the Syrian army has recently reinforced troops around Idlib, the last major bastion for radical jihadists in Syria.




An American pullout could only happen when all Iranian fighters, as well as their weapons and their militia allies, are gone from Syria-and it's not clear if Russian Federation could deliver that outcome even if it wanted to, one of the people said.

The attack, involving 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles, came as a response to the alleged use of chemical weapons in the Idlib province on April 4. "We will hold additional meetings with the participation of all our partners, so we will be able to provide more information a little later", he asserted.

"Any Assad or Iran ground troops would face an unbearable fate". I have doubts about it happening.

There is growing speculation in the West of an impending Russian-backed government attack on Idlib, one of the so-called "de-escalation" zones that grew out of negotiations between Russia, Turkey and Iran previous year.

The Minister asserted there are several tens of thousands of militants from the "so-called Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham, formerly Jabhat al-Nusra group, who are trying to control this entire territory and hamper the settlement efforts, in particular, those undertaken by Turkey".

De Mistura has said that he wants to have the constitutional committee in place before world leaders meet at the General Assembly in NY in late September.

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