Putin to discuss possible Idlib provocation in Tehran

TEHRAN, Sep. 03 (MNA) – Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said on Sunday that Russian President Putin will discuss with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts the plot of anti-Syrian countries to stage a chemical attack on a Syrian city and then blame Assad.

Russian President Vladimir Putin may discuss provocations using chemical weapons in Syria at the Russia-Turkey-Iran summit in Tehran on Friday, Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said in an interview.

"This issue, all aspects of the Syrian settlement and aggravating points will be discussed," Ushakov told the Izvestiya newspaper asked whether the issue of provocations with chemical weapons would be on the summit's agenda.

Putin will also hold separate meetings with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

On Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Putin and Erdogan would hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Iran-Russia-Turkey summit on Syria in Tehran.

Speculation about the possibility of a chemical attack in Syria has grown in recent weeks after Russian officials warned of a plot to launch such an assault in order to provoke western retaliation against the Syrian government.

On August 25, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that terrorists of the Tahrir al-Sham group (affiliated with the Jabhat Nusra terror organization, banned in Russia) were preparing a provocation in Syria's western Idlib province to accuse Syrian government forces of using chemical weapons against civilians.


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