UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Russia will by all means counteract any attempt to justify terrorists entrenched in the Syrian province of Idlib, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
Speaking at a press conference following negotiations with Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Mukhriddin on Monday, February 24, the Russian minister explained what he meant, in particular, the terrorist organizations Jabhat al-Nusra and Khayyat Tahrir ash-Sham. Both are on the UN blacklist.
“We are worried about the attitude of these Western organizations on the part of some Western states, in particular the United States,” Lavrov said. He explained that officials in Washington have repeatedly allowed themselves statements that suggest that they are “not so terrorist” and, for example, “it would be possible to establish a dialogue with Khayyat Tahrir al-Sham”.
Lavrov called such hints absolutely unacceptable.
The Russian Foreign Minister also said that there was nothing unexpected in the fact that attacks on terrorists in Idlib were carried out in response to attacks launched from positions where Turkish observation posts were located.
The minister recalled the agreements between the Russian Federation and Turkey, according to which the opposition in Idlib had to dissociate itself from the terrorists.
In addition, it was necessary to withdraw heavy weapons from the outer perimeter so that they did not threaten the positions of the Syrian army, civilian targets, the Russian Khmeimim base and the operation of the M-4 and M-5 highways.
However, it has now become apparent that “the de-escalation zone is turning into an escalation zone ,” Lavrov noted. “No one has ever agreed, within the framework of the agreements reached between the presidents of the Russian Federation and Turkey, that terrorists will not be hit back if they act in the way they began to act,” the minister said.
According to Lavrov, Moscow expects that the upcoming series of Russian-Turkish consultations on Idlib will help the parties come to an agreement on how to achieve “that this is really a de-escalation zone and that terrorists do not host it.”
“As a matter of fact, nowhere else should they host,” the Russian Foreign Minister summed up.
During the press conference, Lavrov also assured that Moscow will continue to contribute to resolving the situation in Afghanistan , which he called “a long-suffering country.”
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