The Turkish president told his Russian counterpart he should stop Syrian attacks on its opposition in northern Syria if he wants peace negotiations to succeed.
De Mistura, speaking on Swiss television station RTS, said failure to make peace quickly through United Nations mediation could lead to “a fragmentation of Syria”.
Russia vetoed an initial US bid to renew the joint inquiry by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on October 24, saying it wanted to wait for the release of the investigation’s report two days later.
Russia cast a veto at the UNSC, preventing the renewal of a mandate for a mission by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.
The attack prompted a US missile strike against a Syrian air base which Washington said was used to launch the strike.
Homs province governor Talal Barazi said, “More than 60 were dead, while more than 100 others are missing, either kidnapped or killed”.
Though both are fighting ISIS, Moscow backs the Syrian government, whereas the US military backs a collection of Kurdish and Arab forces.
The Syrian government allows Kurdish rule in the Sheikh Maqsoud district of Aleppo, population 40,000, but the relationship is a complicated and potentially problematic one.
The Syrian government rejected report by international chemical weapons watchdog that said the banned nerve agent sarin was used in April attack.
The decision to not attend the talks was taken as a result of Russia’s failure to end what the opposition says are widespread violations of a Turkish-Russian brokered ceasefire last December.
Behind those fleeing was a wasteland of flattened buildings, concrete rubble and bullet-pocked walls.
The threat of more sanctions on Syria came before a EU summit on Thursday and Friday to discuss sanctions against Russia.
The government air strikes in Syria’s northeastern city of Hasaka mark the first time the Syrian military has deployed its warplanes against Kurdish groups during the war.
Any sense of relief was short-lived, however, because the food supplies would not last a month, and the government rejected delivery of three kits that would have treated about 30 people with dressings and pain killers.