Lavrov: terrorists will not be “masters” in Idlib, nor “anywhere else”

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Terrorists must not behave like masters not only in the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria but nowhere else, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The Russian foreign minister said he hoped that the forthcoming consultations with Turkey on Syria will lead to an agreement that the terrorists will not be “the masters” in Idlib.

“I hope that the continuous contacts between our soldiers, the Turkish army with the participation of diplomats and the security services will end positively and that we can still make terrorists not” masters “of this part from Syria and, in fact, that they are not anywhere else, “Lavrov said at a press conference.

Moscow will be opposed to any attempt to justify the terrorists, said the head of Russian diplomacy.

“We will categorically oppose any attempt to justify the terrorists defined as such by the UN Security Council,” he insisted.

In addition, according to Sergei Lavrov, the Turkish soldiers in the Syrian governorate of Idlib are aware that they are terrorists with whom they are fighting in the de-escalation zone.

“No one has ever negotiated under the agreements between the Russian and Turkish presidents that terrorists would not be attacked if they attempted to act as they did. I am sure that the Turkish soldiers who serve “on the ground” see and understand everything. ”

The US proposals denounced by Moscow

In addition, Moscow rules that the United States’ declarations on the possibility of negotiating with the terrorists of the Hayat Tahrir al-Cham * group in Syria are inadmissible.

“These two structures, the Front al-Nosra * and Hayat Tahrir al-Cham *, are officially registered on the lists of terrorist organizations made up by the Security Council of the United Nations. They appear on the national lists of American terrorist organizations. However, this is not the first time that Washington officials have made comments suggesting that they do not consider Hayat Tahrir al-Cham * to be a terrorist organization and that it would be possible to conduct a dialogue with it in certain areas. circumstances, “Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow.

The Russian minister called the remarks “unacceptable”.

“These comments, fairly transparent, that we do not hear for the first time, we consider them totally unacceptable,” he concluded.

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