BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The new Russian-Turkish agreement to establish a buffer zone in the Idlib Governorate is meant to eradicate terrorists in the province, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a statement on Friday.
In particular, the Russian Foreign Minister said that this agreement will help pave the way to clearing terrorists, adding that they should leave the buffer zone by October 15th.
“Al-Nusra Front terrorists should leave this demilitarized zone by mid-October; all heavy weaponry should be withdrawn from there,” Lavrov said in his statement.
The Al-Nusra Front is a reference to the jihadist rebel group, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham, who is one of the largest factions currently operating inside the Idlib Governorate and its surroundings.
The aforementioned jihadist group has already rejected the agreement, along with their allies from the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP).
These two jihadist groups currently operate in a number of areas inside the Idlib Governorate, including Jisr Al-Shughour and the provincial capital.