MOSCOW (Dispatches) – Russian President Vladimir Putin is concerned over terrorist activities in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, the RIA news agency cites the Kremlin as saying.
President Putin discussed the latest developments in Syria's last stronghold of terrorists with members of Russia's Security Council on Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying.
Syrian army troops are preparing to launch a full-scale military operation against different factions of terrorists that have practically held hostage the inhabitants of Idlib for a long time.
Syria and Russia have warned that the U.S., along with Britain and France, is gearing up for a new military attack against Syria as the army prepares for the liberation of Idlib.
Senior officials of Turkey, Russia, Germany and France met in Istanbul on Friday, as global and regional powers are wrestling over how to best deal with terrorists from their last major stronghold in the Syrian province of Idlib.
Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov, German chancellor's foreign policy adviser Jan Hecker and French president's diplomatic adviser Philippe Etienne joined the meeting hosted by Turkish presidential advisor Ibrahim Kalin, Turkey's state-run broadcaster TRT Haber said.
According to the broadcaster, the main agenda of the meeting, also attended by technical experts from the four states, is setting the program and other details of a summit meeting of leaders of the four countries in the upcoming days.
Earlier in the day, local media reported that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday over Idlib in Russia's sea resort city of Sochi.
Both Damascus and Moscow, a close ally of the Arab country, have already submitted proofs and evidence to the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) showing that terrorists in Idlib are preparing to set up another false flag chemical attack to frame Damascus and pave the way for the US-led coalition to attack Syrian government troops.
In an address to a key trilateral summit, hosted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and also attended by Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Tehran on September 7, Putin said militants are preparing provocations, including the use of chemical weapons, in Idlib.
"The remaining groups of extremists are currently concentrated in the de-escalation zone in the province of Idlib. Terrorists are making attempts to disrupt the ceasefire, moreover, they are carrying out and preparing various kinds of provocations, including the use of chemical weapons," the Russian president said.