Even so, Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that such an attack will be blamed on Damascus and will "serve as another reason for the U.S., the United Kingdom and France to hit Syrian government targets with air strikes". Reports of an imminent assault come despite an anticipated summit meeting this coming Friday between Turkey, Russia, and Syria, to discuss the situation in Idlib.
Located near the Turkish border, Idlib is home to more than 3 million Syrians, many of whom fled from other cities following attacks by regime forces.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S.is watching to see if the Syrian government uses chemical weapons during its offensive on the rebel-held bastion of Idlib, noting Syrian opposition fighters are not able to carry out such attacks.
Two Russian Sukhoi-34 planes on Tuesday wiped out a workshop of Jabhat al-Nusra (outlawed in Russia) in Syria's Idlib province where the militants were making attack drones and kept explosives in store.
Turkey, Russia and Iran a year ago designated Idlib a so-called "de-escalation zone", but that deal did not cover former Al-Qaeda affiliate HTS.
Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Tuesday the UN Security Council would meet on Friday to discuss the precarious situation in the province.
The countryside around Jisr al-Shughour in the west of the enclave was also the main target for Tuesday's air strikes, rescue workers, a rebel source and the British-based Observatory said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported nine people killed.
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President Bashar al-Assad's regime has retaken large swathes of the country from rebels and militants since Russian Federation intervened militarily on its side in 2015.
"We know that the Syrian armed forces are getting ready to solve this problem", President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, calling Idlib a "pocket of terrorism".
Erdogan as well as the presidents of Iran and Russian Federation will meet on Friday in Tehran for a summit expected to focus on Idlib.
"Our cooperation with Russian Federation now is very important", he said.
She warned on Tuesday against the use of any chemical weapons in Idlib, after the White House pledged to "respond swiftly and appropriately" to any such attack.
The Syrian government denies ever using chemical weapons.
Western countries rushed to blame the incident on Damascus, with the United States launching a missile attack against Shayrat Airbase in Syria's Homs Province on April 7, 2017.