Standoff over Syria: US, Russia trade chemical weapon warning

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

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

In the view of Solmazturk, the only way for Ankara to better cope with the threat is to cooperate with Russian Federation, which, like Iran, has militarily supported the Syrian army operations against rebels.

Syrian forces, backed by Russian air power, are deploying around Idlib - the only remaining area where the rebels, now dominated by jihadists from al-Qaeda and other groups, have a significant presence.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar and Hakan Fidan, the head of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization (MIT), visited Moscow for talks on bilateral and regional issues, including recent developments in Syria.

Welcoming the guests, the Russian leader noted that they had already held consultations with their counterparts in Moscow, where they discussed various issues of mutual interest.

Russia's Lavrov on Friday indicated that Moscow was losing patience with the Idlib militants, whom the Kremlin has accused of targeting government positions as well as Russia's Syria military base from there.

The spokesman said that the actions of Western countries are "aimed at another drastic aggravation of the situation in the Middle East region and the disruption of the peace process on the territory of Syria".

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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 a year ago.

"It is important for all of us to neutralise these radical groups", he said.

In remarks apparently targeting the United States and Turkey on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that any foreign troops in Syria without Damascus' invitation must leave.

Saying an offensive would result in the killing of hundreds of thousands of people and the displacement of millions of others, Cavusoglu said "this would lead to a disaster". "When the de-escalation zone was created in Idlib, no one proposed using it for terrorists to hide behind the civilian population like a human shield", he said.

"Not only for the Idlib region but for the future of Syria; it will cause catastrophe and the clashes may last a long time", he warned.

Russian Federation has backed Assad's forces offensive in the south, thus breaking the agreement it signed with Russian Federation and Jordan.

Idlib is part of one such zone.

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