Ankara, Kremlin discuss reopening of crossing points in Syria

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IslamNews – Turkey denies that any deal has been struck with Russia in relation to the crossing points between opposition- and regime-held areas, despite Moscow’s claims to the contrary
Ankara conveyed to the Russian envoy its concerns over a recent escalation of violence in northwest Syria following attacks by Russian jets near the Turkish border and in Idlib province
ANKARA: Russia has reportedly insisted that Turkey reopen three crossings in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province and Aleppo starting from Thursday, amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the country.

Turkey denies that any deal has been struck with Russia in relation to the crossing points between opposition- and regime-held areas, despite Moscow’s claims to the contrary.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ankara conveyed to the Russian envoy its concerns over a recent escalation of violence in northwest Syria following attacks by Russian jets near the Turkish border and in Idlib province, which targeted commercial activities and infrastructure — including a hospital — in opposition-held areas.

The ongoing humanitarian crisis in the northwest of Syria is affecting around 4.5 million civilians, with lines of trucks carrying basic supplies and construction equipment waiting to cross from Turkey into the Syrian territories. As of last month, at least 12.4 million Syrians out of about 16 million were considered food insecure, according to the World Food Programme (WFP) — an alarming increase of 3.1 million over the past year.

Source: ARABNEWS

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