UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Tuesday September 4th that Syria could be spared its bloodiest battle yet if the Russian and Turkish presidents talk to each other urgently about resolving the situation in Idlib.
The talks between Russia and Turkey held the key to averting an assault on the region of 2.9 million people, however six air strikes on Tuesday suggested the Ankara talks were not going well, said de Mistura.
As reported by Reuters, de Mistura made an appeal via the media to Presidents Vladimir Putin and Tayyip Erdogan.
He claimed, “A telephone call between the two of you would make a big difference. We therefore ask for more time to be given for negotiations especially between Russia and Turkey, who are the main stakeholders, who are talking …and do hold in my opinion the key for a soft solution.”
He also called for protected civilian evacuation routes to allow Idlib residents to leave the city voluntarily, accompanied by UN personnel.