Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that terrorists of the Tahrir al-Sham group (affiliated with the Jabhat Nusra) were preparing a provocation in Idlib province in order to accuse Syrian government forces of using chemical weapons against civilians. It comes with an appendix noting that the group's former name was the Nusra Front.
If considered that Chechen terror groups are already a major problem for Russian Federation, and since Chechnya is in the neighborhood of Turkey, which also has a Chechen-origin population, it can be understood better why Russian Federation and Turkey are more sensitive than all the other countries.
France's foreign minister says Syrian President Bashar Assad has won his country's civil war but won't "win the peace" without a political solution brokered by the global community.
Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem has warned that terrorists operating in the northwestern province of Idlib have managed to smuggle containers of chemical gas to use them in a false-flag operation against the Syrian government.
Assad's office said in a statement: "The two sides asserted that the pressures from some Western states on Syria and Tehran will not deter the two countries from continuing to defend their principles".
The delegation will address what it called Moscow's "specious allegations of worldwide plans to stage a chemical weapons attack in Syria".
With the liberation of Idlib, the Syrian government will return to pre-crisis conditions, and those who launched the war over Syria for seven years will be defeated and Damascus will be victorious.
The U.S.is anxious that the Syrian army will eliminate all the weapons that it and its regional allies can use to exert pressure on Damascus, especially since the battle of Idlib is the last stage of the liberation of Syria's entire geography.
The United Nations and aid groups have warned that a full assault on Idlib could spark a humanitarian catastrophe on a scale not yet seen in Syria's seven-year-old conflict.
The pontiff called on the global community "to make use of the instruments of diplomacy, dialogue and negotiations, in compliance with worldwide humanitarian law and to safeguard the lives of civilians".
Syrian opposition fighters blew up bridges Friday and dug trenches around their bases to impede an anticipated ground offensive on their last major stronghold in the country.
"Hundreds of thousands of people could be killed". But de Mistura continued to plead for protection for the millions of civilians who could be caught up in the battle.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian forces have deployed at least 2,000 armored vehicles along the front lines surrounding Idlib and Hama. But state media later quoted an unnamed Syrian military official as saying the explosions were caused by an electrical malfunction in a munition depot nearby. Russian Federation has said a military operation there is necessary to weed out "terrorists" it blames for attacking its bases on the coast.
A series of recent strikes in Syria that have killed Iranians has been attributed to Israel.