Kremlin dismisses Trump warning on Syria's Idlib


The Syrian army is getting ready to solve the "terrorism" in Idlib, according to the Kremlin, despite a warning from Donald Trump against a "reckless attack".

Earlier, Trump tweeted that in his opinion an attack on Idlib might result in hundreds of thousands of fatalities and it would be a major humanitarian mistake.

Damascus's main sponsor Russian Federation has been sounding the war drums in recent days, all the while seeking to pressure Turkey-backed groups in Idlib.

Turkey fears a major assault on Idlib could send a new wave of refugees towards its border, and wants to maintain a "de-escalation agreement" that it struck with Russian Federation and Iran past year.

The province bordering Turkey is home to almost three million people, up to half of whom are rebels and civilians transferred en masse after pro-government forces retook formerly rebel-held areas.

He said the problem of terrorists in Idlib "needs to be dealt with" and that the Syrian military is preparing to do that, though he didn't indicate specifically how or when.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said "terrorists" must be wiped out in Idlib, accusing them of using civilians as human shields.

Last week, Iran's defence minister travelled to Damascus and signed an agreement for defence cooperation between the two countries with his Syrian counterpart.

"We haven't seen anything like this for the last five months", he said, describing how one airstrike landed beside his home shortly before speaking with a Syria Direct reporter on Tuesday afternoon. Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, wrote on Twitter late on Monday: "All eyes on the actions of Assad, Russia, and Iran in Idlib".

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"Russia seeks to ensure not just the regime's military victory in Syria but its full political restoration through worldwide re-legitimation at war's end".

Israel rarely acknowledges such strikes, but has recently targeted suspected Iranian posts inside Syria.

"Two civilians have been killed, but no major facilities have been hit at the moment".

The Syrian civil war has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and forced millions to seek refuge inside and outside Syria.

Syrian army warplanes allegedly flew over and bombed the eastern town of Douma, 15 miles north of Damascus, in a suspected chemical-weapon attack April 7.

Behind the scenes, American diplomats have been actively warning Moscow, which has been accused in the past of turning a blind eye to chemical weapon use by its Syrian proteges.

After seven years of war, the northern province of Idlib has become the rebels' final bastion.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of France Jean-Yves Le Drian said the head of Syria Bashar al-Assad wins the conflict, but the peaceful life in the country without a political solution impossible.