U.S. steps up warnings on Russia over Syria's Idlib, military de-confliction

U.S. steps up warnings on Russia over Syria's Idlib, military de-confliction

The United States stepped up warnings to Russia over its Syria policy, saying Moscow was trying to challenge the U.S. presence in northeastern Syria by violating the terms of a de-confliction agreement and was also helping escalate the fighting in the northwestern province of Idlib, Reuters reported.

James Jeffrey, U.S. special envoy for Syria engagement and fight against Islamic State, said the United States was “very very worried” about the Syrian government assault, backed by Russia, on Idlib, and he repeated calls on Moscow to stop it.

“This is a dangerous conflict. It needs to be brought to an end. Russia needs to change its policies,” Jeffrey said.

The United States, France and the United Kingdom called for a United Nations Security Council meeting on Thursday to discuss the situation in Idlib.

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