BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:50 P.M.) – The Dutch Foreign Minister Steve Block said on Friday that the ceasefire agreement concluded by Moscow and Ankara on the Syrian Idlib region should be strengthened by setting up a no-fly zone to prevent any hospitals from being bombed.

“It would be wise to add a no-fly zone,” Block told reporters upon his arrival in the Croatian capital Zagreb to attend a meeting of E.U. foreign ministers .

He continued: “I think European countries are very interested in moving forward … to persuade all members of the United Nations Security Council to establish this no-fly zone.”

He explained: “This will not hinder the fight against Al Qaeda, but it will stop the bombing of hospitals.”

On Friday, the ceasefire agreement went into place as all fronts witnessed a rare calm for the first time this year.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia and Turkey had reached a joint agreement on a settlement in Syria.

Putin expressed confidence that the agreements reached will become the basis for resolving the situation in Idlib.

“I hope these agreements will serve as a good basis for ending military operations in the de-escalation zone in Idlib, putting an end to the suffering of the civilian population … and creating conditions for the continuation of the peace process in Syria among all parties to the conflict,” Putin said after his talks with Erdogan .

Putin noted that Russia does not always agree with Turkey on the assessments of what is happening in Syria, but the parties are able to find common ground at critical moments.

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The two Presidents affirmed their interest in continuing their work within the framework of the Astana formula, in addition to combating terrorism.

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RAFIK CHAUHAN
2020-03-06 17:57

dutch are protecting terriost for what. Russia and SAA is enough to handle Syria no need of UN no fly zone. unless UN is cared for terriost. No fly zone will help terriost to attack more area in Syria.

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Daeshbags-Sux
2020-03-06 22:01
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Russia (and likely China) will veto at the UNSC and he knows it. The guy is simply doing self-promotion, likely to find a job either in Brussels or at the UN when his govt will lose the next election.

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Zakukommander
2020-03-06 17:12

I don’t understand why he didn’t also call for ice cream for all. His thoughtful comments are always taken seriously by world leaders.

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kinggeor
2020-03-06 22:37

The Dutch Foreign Minister Steve Block should first call for setting up a no-fly zone to prevent any attacks by Israel on the Syrian Nation and endangering civilian aircraft or any other nation as well according to UN resolutions. He should also reiterate the UN resolutions on sovereign nations to defend and protect themselves with out hostile interference from outside nations. He will not, as a vassal to a transnational criminal cabal. There will be atonement for these crimes against people and their nations, there always has been even if not immediate.