Russia: Lavrov says new talks to be held with Turkey on Idlib de-escalation zone

23 февраля 2020 г. 17:54

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow and Ankara are preparing fresh consultations on a new agreement on the de-escalation zone in Syria's Idlib. Lavrov was speaking at a joint news conference with Tajikistan's Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Mukhriddin in Moscow on Monday. «Another series of consultations, which we hope will lead us to an agreement on how to ensure that this is indeed a de-escalation zone and that terrorists do not operate there, is being prepared now,” said Lavrov. The minister also stressed that: “Nobody ever agreed that terrorists would not be counter-attacked if they act in the way they began to act”, adding that “I am sure that the Turkish military, who work on the ground, see and understand everything perfectly.”

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