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Putin, Erdogan to discuss Syria amid discord over Idlib

IANS  |  Moscow 

Russian will discuss Syrian issues with his Turkish counterpart Recep Erdogan in Russia's Sochi on Monday, the Kremlin said on Sunday.

The meeting will take place at a time when the Syrian forces backed by and are preparing an offensive against the rebels' last major stronghold in province, although and the US have repeatedly warned against any operation, reported.

Erdogan's call for a ceasefire in Idlib, which borders Turkey, was accepted neither by nor at the tripartite summit in on September 7.

Last week, four Russian warplanes stationed in Syria's Hmeymim airbase attacked militants in and the said it was important and urgent to eradicate terrorism in Russian strategic bombers have simulated striking targets in

and the US are opposed to the possible offensive in Idlib, citing that it could cause great civilian casualties and even a humanitarian disaster.

Russian and US are expected to negotiate over Idlib on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the that will open on Tuesday.

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First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 21:26 IST
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