Published: Wed, September 12, 2018

Here's What the New US Strategy in Syria Means For Russia

Here's What the New US Strategy in Syria Means For Russia

Erdogan has called for a cease-fire in the northwestern province of Idlib, the last opposition stronghold in Syria, as an assault by Syrian regime forces is expected any day.

Ibrahim Kalin's remarks came after a cabinet meeting chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidential complex.

He urged the West, including the USA, to join hands in stopping a possible attack on Idlib.

While officials in Washington, along with counterparts from European allies, are preemptively positioning to use chemical weapons attacks as a pretense for possible airstrikes, Russian Federation has pointed the finger at the U.S. for breaking global law with the use of white phosphorus bombs.

Kalın also stated that "there is no panic in the Turkish economy" and "ostensible turbulence will be over soon".

If chemical weapons are used, National Security Adviser John Bolton promised the USA would deliver a counterattack that's even more severe than the two previous assaults authorized by Trump.

A second strike, in April this year, saw British and French militaries assist the US-led mission.

"The Turks are making sure they have enough munitions that keep them going for a long while", he added.

In the article, Erdogan said "All members of the global community must understand their responsibilities as the assault on Idlib looms".

"The consequences of inaction are huge".

U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley accused the regime's main backers of escalating the violence in Idlib province and using terrorist tactics.

"Fighting terrorism does not absolve warring parties of their core obligations under worldwide law", said Guterres, who directly appealed to Iran, Russia and Turkey to spare no effort to protect civilians, "preserve basic services such as hospitals, ensure full respect for global humanitarian law".

"I am happy with the reports about an indefinite stay", O'Hanlon said, but added: "We also need a more realistic political strategy, explicitly and publicly, that ties everything together and lays out a vision and recognizes the reality of Assad's continued rule, at least in some of the country, at least for a while".

The U.N. has warned that an assault on Idlib could trigger a humanitarian crisis.

In turn, Russia's UN Envoy Vasily Nebenzya told the UNSC that foreign-backed Idlib terrorists should not be shielded and allowed to hold civilians hostage.

Mark Lowcock, the UN's new humanitarian chief, warned on Monday that a large-scale military operation against Idlib could create "the worst humanitarian catastrophe" of this century.

Idlib province and adjacent rural areas form the largest piece of territory still held by Syria's beleaguered opposition fighters, worn down by a succession of regime victories in recent months.

"In Idlib, we're watching very closely what the Assad regime, aided and abetted by the Iranians and the Russians are up to there", Mattis told Pentagon reporters.

"As of 9 September, 30,542 people have been displaced from northwest Syria, moving to different areas across Idlib", David Swanson, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said.

"We're deeply concerned about this recent escalation of violence, which has resulted in the displacement of over 30,000 in the area".

Many made a dash for Syria's northern border with Turkey, with just under half seeking refuge in displacement camps and others living with local families or renting apartments.

The three countries had failed to reach an agreement for a ceasefire, however, prompting Sweden and other nations to again warn of a "humanitarian catastrophe" should the Syria government, backed by Russian Federation, wage a military offensive on Idlib, where millions are at risk.

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