BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:45 P.M.) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said he does not foresee any military action in Syria’s Idlib in the near future, stressing that peace – not fighting – is the ultimate goal.
“I do not see any military action in the zone in the foreseeable future, we don’t want fighting in this area – what we want is to achieve peace, and the instruments that we’ve chosen have been effective so far,” President Putin said during the press conference with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in St. Petersburg.
Putin also said that the humanitarian approach in Idlib “should be on helping people,” whether they live in territories controlled by the Syrian government or by the opposition.
“We shouldn’t really care where these people live, they need to be helped. They shouldn’t suffer,” Putin said.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies have already pulled back many of their divisions from the southeastern countryside of the Idlib Governorate, as these troops were needed elsewhere.
Furthermore, with the new demilitarized zone in Idlib, the Syrian military no longer needs to worry about jihadist rebels storming their areas.