Russia-Turkey-Iran pact can end over Idlib

Source:Gulfnews Date:26Aug2018

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The fate of the rebel-held Syrian province of Idlib may decide the future of the uneasy alliance between Russia, Turkey and Iran. A trilateral summit on the issue is expected to take place in Tehran early next month, while a deadline set by Moscow for Ankara, a major stakeholder in Idlib, to make up its mind is fast approaching.

The United Nations and other international agencies, as well as western governments, have warned that a regime push into the province will result in a civilian bloodbath. But Moscow says it will back a military operation to “liberate” the province from “terrorists”.