As Turkey has supported a militant attack in Syria, it has violated the agreement with Russia on separating armed opposition from terrorists in the crisis-torn country, and this move may provoke a further escalation in Idlib, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said Thursday.

“We are expressing significant concerns over such support for militants from the Turkish armed forces”, Zakharova said. According to the spokeswoman, the incident is seen as a “violation of the Russian-Turkish agreements on separating armed opposition from terrorists, and creating a demilitarized area, and it may provoke a further escalation in the conflict in this part of the Syrian national territory”.

Earlier in the day, the Russian Defence Ministry said that pro-Turkish militants, supported by Turkish artillery, had breached the defences of the Syrian army near the villages of Qmenas and Nerab in Idlib. Russia’s Su-24 attack aircraft fired at the militants, helping the army repel the advancing fighters, the center added.

The Turkish Defence Ministry later reported that two Turkish soldiers had been killed and five injured in an air attack in Idlib, adding that over 50 Syrians had been killed in the response fire.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said earlier in February that Turkey did not implement some of its key obligations for resolving the Idlib crisis, accusing it of failing to separate the armed opposition from terrorists. Meanwhile, Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay has said that the country has fulfilled all of the undertaken commitments on Idlib.

Under the agreement, reached by Russia, Iran, and Turkey in May 2017 at the talks in the Kazakh capital, four de-escalation zones have been created in Syria.

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While the territories of three of them are controlled by Damascus since 2018, the fourth de-escalation zone, located in Idlib and parts of neighboring provinces of Latakia, Hama, and Aleppo, remains out of the government control.

A large part of the de-escalation zone is seized by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terror group (formerly known as Nusra Front*). In September 2018, Russia and Turkey reached an agreement in Sochi to create a demilitarized zone in Idlib, where over 10 militant groups operate.

 

Source: Sputnik

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FairsFair
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FairsFair

” 10 militant groups…” in Idlib?
The Russians are correct to ask Erdogan what Turkey has been doing about those these past 9 years.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

What ? Turkey (NATO member) has been doing this since 2012 or before my friend.

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Sweet Robert

Erdogran the Reprobate for nine years has been very busy looting Syria, driving out the locals, and importing Jihadist, including their families. He has been building tunnels, setting up OP, and supplying his motley jihadi crew. May his plots fail and may he burn in h**l.

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Stern Daler

@fair, the agreement is AFIK from 2018. But You are right Turkey was among those that created them 9 years ago.

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C’mon, everybody knows that Turkey is actively backing terrorists in Syria, and in Africa and Israel too…

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Stern Daler

sure But Israel is backing other terrorist groups.

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Nestor Arapa

Rusia mucho bla bla, la respuesta que debe dar es militar por incumplir los acuerdos, Erdogan siempre ha sido mentiroso, su religión permite la practica de hipocresía.

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Stern Daler

@Nestor, Turkish not keeping agreements is proverbial in central and eastern Europe. Just like Turkish war atrocities.

Russia talk is diplomatic. Velvet diplomatic glove hiding an iron fist.
Recommended by military writers like Clausewitz.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

Finally, Russia is right now talking with clearly. It is time to totally stop Trukey (NATO member at Idlib).