Syria accuses Turkey and the West of supporting terrorists in Idlib

SYRIA (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Turkish government and the West have relied on terrorists to carry out their hostile plans against the aspirations of the Syrian people.

This statement was made on Friday by the Foreign Ministry of the Arab Republic.

“Supporting terrorist groups in the province of Idlib has become Ankara’s strategy, which does not comply with the obligations undertaken in accordance with the Sochi memorandum of September 17, 2018,” the Syrian Foreign Ministry’s communiqué transmitted by Sana said.

It indicates that the successful actions of the Syrian army, which freed over 130 settlements in the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib and Hama in a few weeks, provoked hysteria in Ankara and the western capitals.

“Turkish and Western media are now deliberately exaggerating the losses of Syrian soldiers fighting with gangs in the Sarakib area in order to raise the morale of terrorists who are crushingly defeated,” the document says.

Terrorists from the Jabhat al-Nusra group (banned in the Russian Federation) and armed opposition brigades, which are supported by Turkish troops, are trying to regain control of the city of Sarakib in Idlib province for the third day.

Saraqib was liberated by Syrian troops on February 5. This success of government forces provoked Ankara’s discontent, demanding that Damascus withdraw troops to the positions they held at the end of December last year.

The counterattacks undertaken by the armed opposition with the support of the Turkish army on February 11 and 20 on this sector of the front were repulsed by Syrian forces, which eliminated more than 250 militants.

Idlib is the only region in Syria, a significant part of which remains in the hands of gangs. In 2017, the northern de-escalation zone was created there, where extremists who refused to lay down arms in the damask suburb of East Ghouta and the southern regions of the country moved there. In the province there are observation posts of the Turkish army.


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