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Increasing flow of weapons to terrorist organizations
in Syria through Turkish borders

(SANA) ~ The Russian Foreign Ministry said that there’s an increase in the flow of weapons and munitions smuggled to terrorist organizations in Syria through the Turkish borders.

In a statement on Friday, the Ministry said that available data shows that around 8,000 gunmen from Jabhat al-Nusra are positioned southwest of Aleppo city and around 1,500 more are positioned north of the city, noting that armed groups haven’t stopped shelling the northern neighborhoods of Sheikh Maqsoud and al-Zahraa in Aleppo city, and are still attacking Handarat Camp, adding that if these actions don’t stop, civilians in northern Syria will once again fall under siege.

The statement said that the talk which was leaked about arming the so-called opposition to implement the American “plan B” is unacceptable, voicing concern over the use of chemical weapons by fighters in Aleppo.

The Ministry also asserted that the Russian Aerospace Forces have no intention of launching an attack on Aleppo city in Syria, and affirmed its support for involving Kurds in intra-Syrian talks in Geneva.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with Egyptian officials at El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, in this November 14, 2013 file photo. Unfamiliar strains between Washington and its Arab allies have given Russia an opportunity to regain some lost influence in the Middle East, capture arms sales from U.S. competitors and enjoy the unusual spectacle of its old rival looking puny. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Files (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

Lavrov: Russia proposes international monitors
deployed on Syrian-Turkish borders

Earlier in the day, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called for deploying international observers at Turkey’s borders with Syria to monitor the situation and stop the flow of terrorists and weapons from Turkey to Syria.

In a joint press conference with Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida in Tokyo on Friday, Lavrov drew attention to the problem of ‘holes’ on the Turkish borders through which gunmen and weapons get into Syria.

“There are ‘holes’ on the Turkish borders through which gunmen and weapons get into Syria, while going in the opposite direction is a flow of different contraband,” he said, adding “we are regularly posing this question to all our partners who are interested in the settlement of the crisis in Syria, including to Americans as Turkey is a member of the US-led anti-terrorist coalition.”

Lavrov went on to say that “US representatives assure us that they are also concerned about the borders problem and work with Ankara to solve it… We propose, so far not in any official format but as a draft resolution or some other decision, that Turkey invites independent international observers to its territory to watch what is going on these borders in reality.

The Minister said it’s clear that international observers can be deployed only at the invitation of Turkey, adding “we are pinpointing the issue, including in the United Nations, in the hope that Western allies will put pressure on Ankara and will get a concrete answer from it.”


150 Terrorists entered into Syria from Turkey

(SouthFront) ~ The group of terrorists crossed through Turkish Army checkpoints in order to enter Syria through the Northeastern part of the Lattakia province.

It is reported that more than 150 terrorists have crossed the border from Turkey to Syria to join the terrorists groups’ front in Lattakia province.

According to the Russian Coordination Center at the Hmaymim Military Airbase in Lattakia, it tracked and monitored the group of terrorists when they were crossed through Turkish Army checkpoints in order to enter Syria through the Northeastern part of the coastal province.

Russian military and several battlefield sources in Syria’s Lattakia province reported on Tuesday that the Turkish Army shelled Syrian Army forces in Lattakia province near the Turkish border.

“Once again, Syrian territory came under shelling attack by the Turkish Armed Forces. Between 8:30 a.m. and 9:20 a.m. on April 10, 2016, Turkish artillery shelled Syrian government positions in the Lattakia province from the town of Metisli in Turkey,” the Russian Command Center in Syria said in a daily bulletin posted on the Russian Defense Ministry’s website.

A truce agreement was negotiated by Russia and the United States regarding Syrian conflict although many analysts suggested that the Washington had been supporting terrorists fighting against the Syrian government forces.

Nevertheless, the Arab country is currently observing an agreement for the cessation of hostilities which entered into force on February 27. The agreement stipulates the cessation of all military hostilities in Syria, except for the operations against ISIS terrorist group and al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front militants. From the middle of the March, Russia has been partially withdrawing troops and warplanes from Syria to make an end to the Syrian crisis.

Turkeys border unlikely to close to jihadists

Russian Coordination Center:
Some 150 terrorists infiltrated Syria from Turkey

(SANA) ~ The Russian Coordination Center in Hmeimim reported on Thursday the infiltration of some 150 terrorists into northeastern Lattakia after they were seen crossing the border from Turkey.

The Center stated in a statement published on the site of the Russian Defense Ministry that some 150 terrorists were monitored and tracked by the Russian Coordination Center as they crossed through Turkish army checkpoints in order to enter Syria through the northeastern countryside of Lattakia.

On April 11, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation announced that the Turkish regime still supports Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization and provides it with weapons and terrorists.

Lieutenant General Sergey Rudskoy, Chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff said “the Turkish side still sends weapons and gunmen to groups affiliated to Jabhat al-Nusra,” adding that “two armed groups including more than 100 members arrived in Handarat camp, north of Aleppo, along with a tank and 22 four-wheel cars loaded with machine guns, while nearly 200 gunmen have arrived in Tal Hadyah town in Aleppo northern countryside.”

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin

Russia urges closure of Turkey-Syria border

(PressTV) ~ Russia has called for the closure of the Turkish-Syrian border to prevent the flow of Takfiri militants and weapons supplies into the Arab country.

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said during a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on countering terrorism on Thursday that UNSC members should impose a complete trade embargo on Takfiri Daesh terrorists, al-Qeda’s Syria branch of al-Nusra front, and other militant groups operating across Syria.

He also referred to the smuggling of Syrian oil and ancient artifacts by militants and said concrete steps are needed to stop such trafficking.

The Russian official accused Turkey of “complacency or inaction” in allowing weapons and militants to cross into Syria via Turkish soil.

Churkin urged the Ankara government to invite, “on a voluntary basis,” international observers to visit its border with Syria. “If Turkey feels that it is doing everything necessary to curtail the flows of supplies to terrorists, this could be corroborated by independent monitors.”


Turkey’s UN Mission has rejected
the remarks by Russian official as “baseless.”

Churkin had in a recent letter to the 15-member council pointed out that millions of dollars worth of industrial chemicals and explosives were smuggled across Turkey’s border to extremist groups in recent years.

In December last year, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Moscow and Washington had agreed that the Turkish border with Syria and Iraq must be closed as a key measure in fighting against the Daesh terrorist group.

Moscow says it has evidence indicating the complicity of Ankara in the smuggling of oil from territories held by Daesh in Syria and Iraq.

Ankara has repeatedly been accused of being one of the main supporters of the militant groups operating in Syria amid reports that it actively trains and arms the Takfiri militants there and facilitates their safe passage into the Arab country.

Turkish opposition daily Cumhuriyet published videos in June 2015 purportedly implicating the Turkish Intelligence Service, also known as the MIT, in ensuring safe passage into Syria for Daesh.

Damascus has long been saying that Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar are funding and arming anti-Syria terrorist groups, including Daesh.

Elsewhere in his Thursday remarks, Churkin told the UNSC that militants from Daesh and several other extremist groups have used “toxic poisonous substances” and mustard gas in Dayr al-Zawr and other Syrian cities.

A young man receives treatment at a hospital following a Daesh chemical attack in the Sheikh Maqsood neighborhood of Syria’s northwestern city of Aleppo, April 7, 2016.

On Wednesday, China and Russia introduced a draft UN resolution aimed at preventing terrorists from preparing or using chemical weapons in Syria. The draft resolution would require Syria’s neighbors Turkey and Iraq to immediately report to the UNSC any actions by extremist groups to develop, acquire or transfer chemical weapons.

A report by the Syrian-American Medical Society has said Daesh has carried out more than 160 attacks involving “poisonous or asphyxiating agents, such as sarin, chlorine, and mustard gas” since the beginning of the Syrian conflict in 2011. At least 1,491 people have been killed in the chemical attacks.

In the most recent incident, nearly two dozen people were killed and over 100 others injured on April 7 in a chemical attack by Daesh terrorists against members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in a neighborhood of the northwestern Syrian city of Aleppo.

Figures show that more than 30,000 people from across the world have traveled to Syria and Iraq over the past four years to fight along the Takfiri groups in the region.



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