PEACE PACT IN IDLIB TOP PRIORITY: RUSSIA


12/02/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- Moscow considers the implementation of Russia and Turkey's agreements on Syria a top priority, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

It is always important to suppress any "terrorist attacks" against the Syrian and Russian military in Idlib, northwestern Syria, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow.

"At the moment, we consider top priorities the implementation of the Sochi agreement and the suppression of any terrorist activity against Syrian forces and Russian military facilities,” he said.

“We consider such attacks from Idlib unacceptable, and this situation worries the Kremlin."

He said a meeting on Syria between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian President Vladimir Putin had not yet been scheduled.

The comments come against the backdrop of rising tensions following deadly attacks by the Assad regime on Turkish troops in Idlib. The Turkish troops are in Idlib – nominally a cease-fire zone under a deal between Turkey and Russia – as part of an anti-terror and peace mission.

In September 2018, Ankara and Moscow reached an agreement in Sochi, Russia, to turn Idlib into a de-escalation zone in which acts of aggression are expressly prohibited. Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Russia, Assad’s ally, to live up to the Astana and Sochi peace processes for Syria and do more to bring the attacks to a halt.

 “The contact (between Russia and the United States on Idlib) is ongoing. I can say that some of the concrete situations that have arisen in the field have been resolved satisfactorily thanks to the use of effective contacts between armies at different levels. We hope this will continue in practice.” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov made a statement on the Idlib.

 


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