Turkey urges Russia, Iran to stop offensive on Idlib

Images purport to show damage to a Russian jet in Syria.   Joseph Dempsey via Twitter

Images purport to show damage to a Russian jet in Syria. Joseph Dempsey via Twitter

The ministry derided a Pentagon statement that drone technology could be bought on the open market and said it was taking "a fresh look" at the fact that a Poseidon "patrolled over the area of the Mediterranean Sea between Tartus and Hmeimim at an altitude of 7,000 metres for more than four hours during the..."

According to the Ministry of Defence, Russian forces at the Khmeimim air base and Tartus naval facility "successfully warded off a terrorist attack with massive application of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)" last Friday night.

The Russian Ministry of Defence claims its forces in Syria were attacked a week ago by a swarm of home-made drones - the first time such a coordinated assault has been reported in a military action.

He said advances by the Syrian army and allied forces into Idlib could not have taken place without the support of Moscow and Tehran, which have both backed Assad in the war.

Russian Federation announced on Wednesday that Turkish-backed rebels attacked its military bases in Syria.

But increasingly there are suspicions that the attack also may have been carried out with by weaponized drones. "The drones were launched from the area of Muazzara in the south-western part of the Idlib de-escalation area controlled by so-called "moderate opposition" units", Russian Federation defence ministry newspaper said.

9 that "any suggestion that USA or coalition forces played a role in an attack on a Russian base is without any basis in fact and is utterly irresponsible".

They say the declaration by Putin could be aimed at the domestic audience in Russian Federation, as he is bidding for another presidential run in the country's upcoming elections in March.

It is noted that in connection with this incident, the Russian Defense Ministry had sent letters to the Chief of the General Staff of the Turkish Armed Forces, Gen. Hulusi Akar, and Head of Turkey's National Intelligence Organization, Hakan Fidan.

"Iran and Russian Federation should fulfil their responsibility. But now they might bomb more after these false accusations".

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Russian Federation and Iran must fulfill their duties under a joint accord reached with Turkey previous year in which the three countries announced a "de-escalation zone" in Idlib.

Russia's Foreign Ministry says the Sochi gathering is part of an effort to resolve Syria's almost seven-year war on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions and encourage direct talks in Geneva between Syrian government representatives and moderate Syrian "opposition" delegates.

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