Russia will not soften to Turkey today; air harassment escalates tensions in Gulf

The so-called Astana guarantors are meeting in Ankara today to discuss the situation in Idlib amid Russian-Turkish disagreements. Informed sources have confirmed that Putin will not show any flexibility with the Turkish side, while the Gulf region is in a state of tension and escalation due to the war of drones.

The Arab press touched this morning upon the repercussions of the Russian-Turkish differences over Idlib on the meeting between the so-called guarantors of Astana, in addition to the tension in the Gulf region.

Asharq al-Awsat: "guarantor states" summit today amid Turkish-Russian disparity

The Arab press published this morning on the Syrian issue several topics, the most important of which is the meeting between the so-called guarantor countries today in Ankara. The Syrian file; with regard to the area of ​​de-escalation, and the regime's attacks in the demilitarized zone defined by the agreement signed between Turkey and Russia in September 2018. "

Diplomatic sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not show any flexibility in the position towards the radical organizations in Idlib, especially Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, which is controlled by Jabhat al-Nusra, and that he is ready to continue supporting the regime until all goals are achieved in Idlib with the possibility of differentiating between terrorist organizations and armed groups supported by Turkey, or what are described as "moderate groups."

Asharq al-Awsat: Coalition: Significant progress on "safe area" in northern Syria

"The US-led International Coalition announced yesterday that 'good progress' has been made on the establishment of a safe area in northern Syria on the border with Turkey," the paper said.

The YPG said, “the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces led the battles against ISIS in Syria, but Ankara considers Kurdish fighters "terrorists."

On Sunday, a coalition delegation visited the military council of the northern Syrian city of Tall Abyad, where Kurdish forces began withdrawing last month. "We are making significant progress in the first phase of the activities of the security mechanism," the coalition said in a statement to AFP.

The statement added that «coalition forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces conducted several patrols to uncover the sites of the fortifications and removed to dispel Turkey's concern». "US and Turkish forces also carried out four overflights." No details about the size or mechanism of the safe zone have been released, although Ankara says there will be joint observation posts and patrols.

Asharq Al-Awsat: Saudi Arabia goes beyond targeting Aramco ... and America is ready to act

On the Saudi issue, Asharq Al-Awsat said, "Saudi Arabia managed to overcome the aggression that targeted two Aramco plants in Abqaiq and Khurais areas in the east of the Kingdom yesterday. Aramco succeeded in activating emergency plans to use its oil reserves in order to absorb shock. "

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, during a call received from the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, condemning the targeting of Aramco labs, affirmed that the Kingdom has the ability to confront such terrorist attack and deal with its effects.

The US has confirmed its readiness to act. The White House adviser Killian Conway said yesterday that the US Department of Energy is ready to withdraw from the strategic oil reserves. She said in an interview with Fox News that the United States is ready to act in the event of any Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia.

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the administration was considering publishing secret satellite imagery showing Iran's responsibility for the attack.

Arabs: Aerial harassment perpetuates anxiety in Kuwait

On the Kuwaiti issue, Al-Arab newspaper said, "The flight of an unidentified drones over the Emiri Palace in Kuwait provoked a state of security and political alert " as the incident was considered a serious security breach, and came in an atmosphere of regional tension and internal concern in the presence of the Amir abroad for treatment and recovery following a health symptom he suffered."

Acting Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs and Interior Minister Anas Al-Saleh said on Sunday that security leaders have started conducting the necessary investigations into the surveillance of a drone flying in areas on the coastal side of Kuwait City.

The Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Rai published in its Sunday edition, that a drone violated the skies of Kuwait at dawn Saturday and flew over the Emir's palace, explaining that when it arrived at the perimeter of Dar Salwa (Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Palace) landed to an altitude of 250 meters.

Kuwaiti circles argue that the operation is intended as a deliberate harassment in Kuwait to perpetuate an already existing state of anxiety in the country that has been spread by tension in the region due to the intense tensions between neighbor Iran and the United States. This has been further deepened by the emir's current illness for treatment and recovery.


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