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Erdogan Warns of ‘Lake of Blood’ as Putin Rejects Syria Deal

  • Turkey clashes with other powers over Assad assault on rebels
  • Impending Idlib offensive to cement Syrian leader’s control
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Russia rejected Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call for a cease-fire in Syria after he warned of a looming “catastrophe” as the Damascus regime’s forces prepare to fight the last major battle of the seven-year civil war.

Erdogan, speaking at a summit in Tehran on Friday between Turkey, Iran and Russia, urged the other leaders to support his call for an immediate truce in the northwestern province of Idlib. Russian President Vladimir Putin refused the request, saying the three countries can’t dictate to the government or rebels.