Turkey called on Russia and Iran on Wednesday to pressure the Syrian regime to halt a military offensive in Syria’s opposition-held Idlib province, which Damascus launched despite an international deal to reduce hostilities there.
As pro-regime forces pressed the assault, the Russian Defense Ministry’s newspaper said Moscow had asked the Turkish military to tighten control over armed groups in Idlib. It said militants had used the province as the launch pad for a drone attack on two Russian bases in the last week.
Idlib has become a focal point of the Syrian war as Assad’s forces and allied militia have thrust toward an insurgent-held air base. Idlib, bordering Turkey, is the largest single chunk of Syria still under the control of opposition groups fighting President Bashar Assad.