More than 3,500 terrorists have concentrated in Latakia province
The terrorists continue to regroup and concentrate in the Idlib DMZ — the Russian military announced on Thursday. According to them, more than 3,500 of terrorists of the Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham group have gathered near the settlement of Kban, in the province of Latakia. According to Major-General Alexei Bakin, the head of the Russian center for the reconciliation of the warring parties in Syria, at least 500 terrorists have been transferred there in the recent days. A significant part of them came from other countries. He also noted that over the past day, the Russian military recorded 18 terrorist attacks on the Syrian settlements in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Idlib, and Hama.
Due to the Turkish operation in Syria — the US administration is considering the possibility of taking back its nuclear weapons from the Incirlik base in Turkey — TASS reports while citing The New York Times. According to the sources of the New York Times — »About 50 units of tactical nuclear weapons, stored under the US control at the Incirlik base for a long time, could be brought back». According to the sources of the New York Times — the transfer of the nuclear weapons from the base “will mark the end of the alliance between Turkey and the USA». As it was stated by the New York Times — according to the US point of view — leaving nuclear weapons at that base is dangerous.
During the talks on Syria, the USA agreed with the conditions of Turkey to create a 30-kilometer security zone near the Turkish border, which will be controlled by the Turkish forces — said the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, after the negotiation with the US Vice President Mike Pence. According to the document, the Kurdish National Self-Defense Forces will be pulled out from the security zone. Their heavy weapons should not remain inside the zone. All their fortified positions will be destroyed. The leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazlum Kobani, welcomed the ceasefire in north of Syria. He specified however that the Syrian Democratic Forces would not agree to the presence of the Turkish forces in the region, and the Syrian Kurds also rejected the Turkish offer to enter the Syrian territory 30 km deep.
The Canadian authorities decided to suspend their arms supply to Turkey. This was reported by the agency «Agence France-Presse». As it was noted by the Foreign Ministry of Canada — such decision was made because of the military operation of Ankara in Syria. The operation is undermining the stability in the region. In this regard, Ottawa «temporarily suspends» the issuance of the new licenses for arms exports to Turkey — the agency reports. Earlier, the decision to suspend the supply of arms to Turkey was made by Germany and France.
Russia officially submitted to the UN a proposal to transfer the work of the First Committee of the General Assembly on the Disarmament Issues from New York to Vienna or Geneva — a source in the committee said. “The document was submitted to the committee” — a source of the TASS said. The UN Under Secretary General for the Legal Affairs, Miguel de Serpa Suarez, supported the position of Russia regarding the violation by the USA of their own obligations, related to the agreement on the UN HQ, due to the refusal to issue visas to a part of the Russian delegation.