January 24, 2019

Russian Federation urges Turkey to help stop rebel raids in Syria

12 January 2018, 05:21 | Dale Webster

Syrian rebels launch 'drone attack' on Russian airbase in Latakia

Russian Defence Ministry Press Service Facebook page on Tuesday Jan. 9 2018 one of the drones that was forced to land after an unsuccessful attack attempt sits at a table at Hemeimeem air base in Syria. Russia's Defence

A drone launched by Syrian rebels has dropped bombs on a Russian airbase in western Syria, the second such attack on the Latakia airport in two weeks. The regime is advancing inside Idlib.

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.

Turkey's foreign ministry has summoned a senior U.S. diplomat to express Ankara's "discomfort" over Washington's support for Syrian Kurdish fighters, state media reported. "We have exerted so many efforts and we can not waste them".

Though the province is nominally part of a "de-escalation zone" established after negotiations between Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation previous year, there has been little respite for residents.

"They thought the base was secure, but now it seems it is vulnerable", he said. "This merely emphasizes the need for stepping up political settlement efforts", the spokesperson said.

"France condemns the intense bombardments carried out by the Bashar al-Assad regime's air force and its allies in the Idlib region in recent days, particularly those targeting the civilian population and several hospitals", France's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Russian Defence Ministry Press Service Facebook page on Tuesday Jan. 9 2018 one of the drones that was forced to land after an unsuccessful attack attempt sits at a table at Hemeimeem air base in Syria. Russia's Defence
Moscow Admits Drones Attacked Hmeimim, Tartus Bases

"This was not a super sophisticated attack", Gorenburg said, adding that the rebels could have easily launched and targeted the bases themselves.

The foreign ministry told Russia's Ambassador to Ankara Alexei Yerkhov that the violations must end until the "Syrian National Dialogue Congress" is held on January 29.

A previous attempt in November to convene talks in Sochi failed due to disagreements between the prospective participants.

Turkey has repeatedly criticised Washington over its support for the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units militia, which Ankara views as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party. "We have said we will not be in any environment. where the YPG is present", said Cavusoglu.

Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused Syrian government forces of attacking moderate opposition fighters under the guise of fighting extremists and said the move threatened peace talks scheduled in Russian Federation later this month.

The increased military intervention by Russian Federation against the Syrian rebel groups contradicted the country's previous announcement that it would withdraw from Syria, some experts charge.

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