“Regarding attacks by the Syrian military in Idlib, these are attacks only against terrorists to stop their aggressive activities in the region,” said Peskow in a statement on the recent statements by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan had previously accused Moscow and Damascus of shooting at civilians in Idlib. Ankara will also attack Syrian troops outside the de-escalation zone in Idlib if Damascus continues its offensive, Erdogan threatened.
Four de-escalation zones in Syria
In May 2017, Russia, Iran and Turkey had the in the Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan (then Astana) Formation of four de-escalation zones agreed in the civil war country of Syria. Three of them have been controlled by Damascus since 2018. The fourth zone, which extends to the Idlib governorate and parts of the neighboring provinces of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo, is largely under the control of the terror militia Jebhat an-Nusra *.
Idlib to be demilitarized
In September 2018, Moscow and Ankara signed an agreement in Sochi, the Russian Black Sea resort, to create a demilitarization zone in Idlib, where around a dozen different formations are currently doing their bitch. Among the largest of them the so-called National Liberation Front and Jebhat an-Nusra with a total of around 30,000 fighters.
Anti-terrorist fight by the Syrian army in Aleppo
The Syrian army launched an offensive in the west of the city on January 26, 2020, after the terrorists killed daily dozens of neighborhoods in Aleppo. Ankara accuses Damascus and Moscow Attacks on humanitarian objects and before Turkish military. Russia and Syria have said on several occasions that the instability in the region around Idlib results from acts by the terrorists.
* Terror militia prohibited by law in Russia
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