RUSSIA At least 25 warships will be massing in the Med amid tensions over Syria
31 August, 2018, 19:40
The clock is ticking as allied Russian Federation builds its forces offshore in a warning to the United States not to gamble on any last-ditch move to stave off what Moscow called the impending "liquidation" of the rebel-held province.
De Mistura admitted that the terrorists in Idlib may use chemical weapons during the Syrian army's operation, echoing a concern earlier raised by Russian Federation, which warned the terrorists may launch the chemical attack to frame the Syrian government, giving Western powers a pretext to launch a new raid on Syria.
"What we need to do now is to wipe out those terrorist groups which persist, particularly within [Idlib]", said Mr. Lavrov, accusing rebel groups within Idlib of targeting Russian bases with military drone attacks.
De Mistura said he had no information about any "imminent attack", but pointed to information about military build-ups and messages of warning between the sides in Syria.
In comments published on its propaganda agency Ibaa, HTS appeared to leave the door open to a negotiated settlement.
United Nations officials estimate an offensive would trigger a wave of displacement that could uproot up to 800,000 people.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem was in Moscow Thursday for talks and reiterated his government's "determination to liberate the entire Syrian territory".
The leaders of Russia, Iran, and Turkey are slated to meet next week in the northern Iranian city of Tabriz, where many are hoping for a deal to avert a calamitous battle over Idlib.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said "terrorists" must be wiped out in Idlib, accusing them of using civilians as human shields.
Russian media reported this week that Moscow has been reinforcing its military set-up in the region and now has 10 warships and two submarines in Syrian waters.
Turkey opposes a large-scale offensive in Idlib, fearing an attack could not only cost thousands of lives but prompt a new wave of displacement across the Turkish border. Miscalculations could lead to unintended consequences, including the possible use of chemical weapons.
UN Syria envoy, Staffan de Mistura, told reporters there was a high concentration of foreign fighters in Idlib, including an estimated 10,000 terrorists, but it would be better to set up humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians than rush into a battle which could prove to be a "perfect storm".
"Short of going to Turkey, the civilians have no other option in order not be where the fighting may take place", he said. Numerous displaced people fled earlier offensives to escape the fighting or avoid coming back under Assad's rule - including those bussed to Idlib under "evacuation" deals when rebels surrendered other enclaves.
In this image taken from France 3 video, French and British boats clash off France's northern coast, early Tuesday Aug. 28, 2018. Around 40 French boats were said to be responsible for the confrontation which is the latest in an ongoing dispute.
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