Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 04:25:33 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Kremlin asks Turkey

Help stop attacks on Syria, Russian forces in Idlib

photo by AP photo

Moscow\'s relations with Turkey have come under strain as Russian-backed Syrian government forces have pushed ahead with an offensive in the region.

By
12th-Feb-2020       
Share
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Save
  • E-mail
  • Print
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Reuters, Moscow :
The Kremlin said on Tuesday that all attacks on Russian and Syrian government forces in Syria's Idlib province should stop and that agreements it had struck with Turkey on the conflict had to be upheld.
Moscow made its comments, which underscore rising tensions over Syria between Russia and Turkey, after Syrian government forces took control of a highway in northwest Syria for the first time since 2012.
The Kremlin was commenting after Syrian government forces seized control of a highway in northwest Syria for the first time since 2012 and as talks ended between Turkey and Russia on stopping clashes that killed 13 Turkish soldiers in a week.
Turkey and Russia this week held talks in Ankara aimed at trying to dial down confrontations between Ankara and Damascus that have killed 13 Turkish soldiers in Idlib province in the past week.
Russia, a close ally of the Syrian government, hashed out a deal with Turkey in 2018 to enforce a demilitarized zone in Idlib and another deal in October last year to remove Kurdish YPG fighters from areas close to the Turkish border.
But Moscow's relations with Turkey have come under strain as Russian-backed Syrian government forces have pushed ahead with an offensive in the region that has displaced many civilians and stoked Turkish fears about refugee flows.
"At the moment, we consider the most important thing is the implementation of... agreements (between Russia and Turkey)... and of course the suppression of any terrorist activity directed against the Syrian armed forces and Russian military facilities," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
"We consider such sorties from Idlib unacceptable," he said.
Russia said last week that some of its troops had been killed in militant attacks in Idlib and that such attacks were emanating from a Turkish-controlled zone in the region.
Peskov said there were no plans currently for President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to hold face-to-face talks on Syria, but has repeatedly said that such a meeting could be arranged quickly if need be.
The Kremlin said on Feb. 11 that all attacks on Russian and Syrian government forces in Syria's Idlib province had to stop and that a Russo-Turkish deal on northeast Syria had to be implemented.
Turkey expects Russia to stop the Syrian government's attacks in the northwestern region of Idlib immediately, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, adding that Ankara needs to work with Moscow to resolve problems in the region.
Shelling by Syrian forces killed eight Turkish personnel on Monday, prompting a retaliation. The escalation disrupted a fragile cooperation between Ankara and Moscow, which back opposing sides in the conflict, raising concerns over future collaboration.
On Wednesday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan threatened to drive back the Syrian forces in Idlib unless they withdraw from the region by the end of month to stem an assault that he said had displaced close to 1 million people.
In televised comments to reporters in Baku, Cavusoglu said a Russian delegation would come to Turkey to discuss Idlib, adding Erdogan may hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after those talks if necessary.
"Our expectation from the (Syrian) regime's guarantors, and specifically Russia here, is to immediately stop the regime. We are discussing these issues with Russia, with whom we have worked with until now," Cavusoglu said.
"We conveyed our determination to our Russian counterparts," he said adding Ankara was determined to stem the "humanitarian drama" in Idlib.
The violence in Idlib, the last major rebel-held stronghold in the country's nearly nine-year war, has accelerated in recent months despite several ceasefire efforts, including as recently as January, displacing hundreds of thousands of people.
The United Nations says 520,000 people have been displaced since early December and the numbers could increase.
Russia's foreign ministry said on Thursday that Russian and Turkish "military specialists" were killed by militants who staged more than 1,000 attacks in Idlib in late January, adding that Moscow would continue to coordinate with Ankara and Tehran.
Erdogan has said Moscow, which backs Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and Ankara, which supports rebels trying to oust him, should resolve the conflict "without anger". Erdogan and Putin agreed to improve coordination of their countries' actions in Syria during a phone call earlier this week.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

ICT Act needs urgent review to allow free flow of information


Marking the International Day for Universal Access to Information on Monday, journalists and academics in a virtual discussion organised by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) in the city said, media is experiencing a suffocating situation now pointing out that 37 journalists were sued for reporting on high level corruption even during ...

Football »

AC Milan interested in signing Man Utd defender Diogo Dalot


AC Milan are interested in signing Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot.The Portugal U21 international played just once for United following the restart of the 2019/20 season, and is yet to feature during this campaign.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has preferred Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Timothy Fosu-Mensah at right-back in United's three matches so ...

International »

Coronavirus deaths rise above a million in `agonizing` global milestone


Reuters :The global coronavirus death toll rose past a million on Tuesday, according to a Reuters tally, a grim statistic in a pandemic that has devastated the global economy, overloaded health systems and changed the way people live.The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus this year is now double ...

International »

Pakistan, Afghanistan shake hands as they aim to end mistrust


Al Jazeera News :Pakistan and Afghanistan have reaffirmed their commitment to closer ties and the Afghan peace process, as the chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah, continues his tour of his country's eastern neighbour.Speaking at an event in the capital, Islamabad, on Tuesday, Abdullah struck a ...

National »

Prof. Shamsul Huda dies


Staff Reporter, Kishoreganj :Educationist Professor A.F.M  Shamsul Huda,a former Principal of Gurudhyal Government College in Kishoreganj died at Syed Nazrul Islam Medical College Hospital on Tuesday noon where he was under treatment being affected by Covid-19.He was 90.He left behind his wife, four sons , daughter and a host of ...

Business & Economy »

LankaBangla, Shinepukur Suites sign MoU


Business Desk :LankaBangla Finance Ltd (LBFL) has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Shinepukur Suites for its customer privilege.Under the agreement, LBF cardmembers will enjoy buy one get two (B1G2) Buffet Lunch and Dinner (weekend) and also up to 60 per cent discount on room accommodation and food ...

Entertainment »

Jaya Ahsan waiting to fly Kolkata for works of new movies


Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Popular film actress of Bangladesh and Kolkata Jaya Ahsan is waiting to go to Kolkata for work of her new movie titled Chheledhora. Now she wants go to Kolkata in October. Not only this but also she likely to complete the works on two more movies there. ...

Entertainment »

Actor Farooque diagnosed with tuberculosis


Entertainment Report :National award winning film actor and ruling Awami League lawmaker Akbar Hossain Pathan, popularly known as Farooque in the screen, has been diagnosed with tuberculosis. The veteran actor of Dhallywood has been undergoing treatment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore now. Earlier after receiving treatment at two major ...

Editorial »

WASA must ensure supply of clean water for Dhaka dwellers


THE level of mismanagement, inefficiency and corruption in WASA's handling of water supply and sewerage in the capital has been greatly exposed. Despite implementation of many projects costing hundreds of crores of taka over the years, Dhaka city dwellers in many areas are still living with dirty and foul-smelling water, ...

International »

Pompeo visits Greece in bid to ease East Med tensions


Al Jazeera News :US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has begun a two-day visit to Greece for talks aimed at de-escalating tensions in the eastern Mediterranean and setting the groundwork for dialogue between Athens and Ankara.The often-testy relations between Greece and neighbouring Turkey have deteriorated sharply this year, particularly over ...

Entertainment »

Indo-American Shree Saini in race for Miss World America pageant


Miss World America recently announced its 2020 contestants list. The 2020 Miss World America pageant will see Indian American Shree Saini. She is the chosen representative of Washington State. She is a survivor of heart surgery at age 12 for a pacemaker implant and she is a burns survivor. She ...

Editorial »

Observing Rivers Day while saving the water bodies from pollution


THE World Rivers Day on September 27, observed globally this year on the theme of 'waterways in our communities', left a question --- what is the condition of our rivers? Historically rivers play a vital role in human settlement in this delta with livelihood, communication, agricultural production. Rivers here viewed ...

City »

BIWTA Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq speaks as Chief Guest at a photo exhibition on 100 rivers at Sadarghat Terminal on Sunday.


Editorial »

Registrar to get charge of VC in SAU not rational


DHAKA University Teachers' Association protested the decision of giving Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University (SAU) registrar the charge of Vice-Chancellor of the university. Amid the deteriorating education quality for student politics, absence of academic integrity, teachers' involvement in administrative functions more than academic and their partisan politics, the decision of giving charge ...

International »

South Korea's domestic coronavirus cases fall to lowest in 44 days


Reuters, Seoul :South Korea on Saturday reported 49 new domestic coronavirus cases, the smallest number of locally transmitted cases in 44 days in a sign that tighter social distancing rules are paying off.Health officials reiterated calls on people to refrain from visiting their hometowns and meeting with relatives during the ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news