Ankara has been working closely with Russia and Iran to end the Syrian conflict over the last months but has stepped up pressure on Moscow and Tehran as the bombardments on Idlib intensified amid fears of a humanitarian catastrophe.Russia wants to bring all the parties in the Syrian conflict together for a conference in its Black Sea resort of Sochi at the end of this month but the tensions with Ankara are proving a major obstacle.”Iran and Russia should fulfil their responsibility. If you are guarantors – and you (Iran and Russia) are – they should stop the regime,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the official Anadolu news agency.Cavusoglu said 95 per cent of the violations in Idlib were carried out by the regime and the groups backing the regime.Idlib province is almost entirely controlled by anti-government forces that are dominated by a jihadist outfit known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) consisting mostly of former fighters from the Al-Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda affiliate.’SCEPTICAL ON SOCHI’Ankara has supported the anti-Assad opposition throughout the almost seven-year Syrian civil war while Russia and Iran have backed President Bashar al-Assad.However, despite the differences, Turkey had teamed up with the two other powers in… Read full this story
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