US warns Moscow about imminent attack in the Syrian city of Idlib

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon says Russia will bear the responsibility for the ensuing humanitarian crisis in Syria and the Moscow-backed Syrian military attacks in the northern city of Idlib.

Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman, says that the U.S. and its allies are concerned about the deadly consequences if Syrian President Bashar Assad, with the support of Russia and Iran, launches an offensive against Idlib, the last big rebel stronghold in Syria. Government forces have been massing troops near the city, and Russia and Syria have launched air strikes on Idlib weeks.

Pahon says the US questions the continued presence of more than a dozen Russian warships in the Mediterranean Sea near Syria. He says that the ships must operate safely and adhere to international law.

Turkey has called for a cease-fire, but Russia and Iran, and rejected the plan.

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