Syria denounces ‘outrageous’ Turkish artillery shelling

Mar 1, 2016

Also, Churkin said that Russian Federation has invested politically, diplomatically and militarily in the Syria crisis.

Turkey’s presidency said US President Barack Obama had shared his concerns over the Syrian conflict and promised his support on Friday, hours after a tense exchange between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over the role of Kurdish militants. Without the decision of either the worldwide coalition or the UN Security Council we will not take part in ground operations in Syria, Interfax quoted the official as saying.

He spoke Saturday in comments carried by the Syrian news agency SANA.

ISIS probably has more to fear from Russian Federation than they do from Turkey and the Saudis. It was turned down by France.

Moscow presented a draft resolution that “strongly demands” an immediate end to cross-border shellings and plans, supported by Turkey, for foreign ground intervention in Syria. “Russian Federation must understand its unconditional support to [Syrian President] Bashar al-Assad is a dead-end and a dead-end that could be extremely risky”, Delattre said.

The source close to peace talks described the opposition’s insistence on the Nusra Front no longer being targeted as “the elephant in the room”. “You definitely need global support”, Assad said.

On Saturday, a major Syrian opposition group announced it would be ready to implement the truce “in principle”, if there are worldwide guarantees that Iran and Russian Federation would stick to it. He said that cessation of hostilities was now underway.

Al Meslet pronounced the Munich agreement a failure and called for “a new approach” that holds Damascus and Moscow accountable for their “continued murder and humanitarian crimes while falsely cloaked in the language of peace”.

In a statement, the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) also made its acceptance of the so-called “cessation of hostilities” conditional on the lifting of sieges and the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The details “are not yet fully agreed upon”, but Mr Kerry said he hoped a full ceasefire could be achieved in the shortest time frame possible, State Department spokesman John Kirby said.

US Secretary of State John Kerry.

More than 260,000 people have been killed in the almost five-year conflict, and half the country’s population has been displaced.

The elusive truce was meant to begin Friday, but failed to materialize as fighting raged in Syria with Kurdish-led forces backed by US-led air power seizing a key town from the Islamic State group.

“Russia is carrying out its consistent course to support and assist the Syrian Armed Forces in their offensive against terrorists and terrorist organizations”, Peskov said.

However, the United States and French ambassadors to the UN both said that the Russian draft resolution had no future ahead of the closed-door session, Reuters reported.

Security Council meeting to discuss protection of “Syria’s sovereignty” as Turkish shelling of Kurdish bases continues.

Syria also accused Turkey of committing “crimes” against the Syrians by firing artillery shells at areas in the northern province of Aleppo.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper in an interview, Assad spoke about the possibility Turkey and Saudi Arabia sending ground troops into Syria: “We’re going to deal with them like we deal with the terrorists”.

Russia pledges more Syria raids opposition sets truce terms


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