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Lavrov considers Assad’s victory in Idlib to be “inevitable”

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — On Saturday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov considered the victory of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Idlib governorate, the last stronghold of the opposition and jihadist factions in Syria, “an imperative.”

Lavrov stressed during the annual Munich conference to discuss defense and diplomatic issues, “Victory against terrorism is imperative.”

“The United States announced its elimination of ISIS, but the monster has returned,” he added.

The Syrian regime has been waging a military operation for months with the support of Russian aircraft in Idlib Governorate in northwestern Syria, where the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham (formerly Al-Nusra Front) as well as other opposition and jihadi factions dominate.

Turkey has set up 12 observation points in Idlib under the ceasefire and de-escalation agreement reached in 2018 between Ankara, which supports opposition factions and Moscow.

Bloody confrontations between Turkish and Syrian forces have killed 14 Turkish soldiers in recent days and caused accusations between Moscow and Ankara.

“We have very good relations, but that does not mean that we agree on everything,” Lavrov said in Munich, where he met his Turkish counterpart, Mevlev Chaucoglu.

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