Erdogan, Putin to discuss Idlib in Sochi

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On the agenda for the bilateral meeting in Russia’s Sochi is Turkey-Russia relations, economy and energy issues, and regional and international issues of common concern, including Idlib in Syria.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday is scheduled to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Russia’s coastal city of Sochi.

On the agenda for the bilateral meeting are Turkey-Russia relations, economy and energy issues, as well as regional and international issues, including Idlib in Syria.

The Sochi meeting comes after the two leaders attended a trilateral summit on Friday, September 7, hosted by Iran.

During the Tehran summit, Erdogan called for a ceasefire in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province where the Syrian regime is reported to be preparing to launch a major military offensive.

Russia and Iran are backing Bashar al Assad in Syria’s civil war. Turkey is backing some opposition groups.

Idlib, which borders Turkey, is Syria’s last opposition and rebel-held province.

Turkey is working with all parties to try to avert an assault and possible bloodbath in Idlib.

Turkey and the UN say if the offensive proceeds, it could trigger a massive refugee and humanitarian crisis.

“Worst humanitarian catastrophe” of this century

The UN’s new humanitarian chief also warned that if the operation proceeds, it could create “the worst humanitarian catastrophe” of this century.

“There needs to be ways of dealing with this problem that don’t turn the next few months in Idlib into the worst humanitarian catastrophe with the biggest loss of life in the 21st century,” Mark Lowcock told reporters in Geneva.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies
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