Before Astana, Russia bombing Idlib,  Turkey will pay high price because of its dispute with Washington

Russia has been holding its meetings in Astana on Thursday, with heavy shelling of demilitarized zones, especially Idlib. Washington is preparing to punish its allies over sanctions against Iran, in reference to Turkey, which will pay a heavy price if it does not apply it.

Arab newspapers this morning touched upon to the situation in the so-called demilitarized zones on the eve of the Istana meeting, in addition to the US sanctions against Iran.

The Arab newspapers highlighted the series of raids on the countryside of Idlib.

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat: Russian bombing on Idlib preceded the meeting of Astana

in north-west Syria on the eve of the Astana meeting. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday that a squadron of Russian planes carried out 12 strikes on areas around the Idlib Central Prison and the towns of Filon, Korin and Bakflon on the western outskirts of the city of Idlib, causing damage to some hamlets.

"For its part, " Sputnik "reported that« the reconnaissance planes were able to monitor the movements of the enemy and masses of the militants of Jabhat al-Nusra, which were dealing with these movements through the warplanes, where the Russian fighter jets carried out 18 raids ».

Al-Arab newspaper: Washington is ready to punish its closest allies to prevent the export of Iranian oil

Al-Arab newspaper said: "The campaign to tighten US sanctions against Iran has entered a new phase that could undermine all aspects of economic life by declaring Washington cancel all exemptions granted to eight countries last November."

"The White House statement explained President Donald Trump's determination to impose" maximum pressure "to ensure that" Iranian oil exports are zero "and thus" deprive the regime of its primary source of income. "

As of May 2, the eight countries - China, India, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Italy and Greece - have completely stopped buying Iranian oil.

"If you do not comply, there will be sanctions," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a cautionary tone. "We are determined to apply these sanctions."

"Turkey can issue some protests, but it may find itself forced to stop after the high price that differences can bring with Washington."



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