BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – The Russian presidential spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said  on Sunday that Russia is still concerned about the presence of terrorists in the Idlib Governorate, stating that the Russian Federation hopes to liberate the area from them, but it does not see a substitute for cooperation with Turkey.

“This cooperation continues, and recently in Sochi, the two presidents confirmed their intention to continue to cooperate on Idlib within the framework of the Sochi agreements,” Peskov said on the “Big Game” television program on Channel One.

He continued: “We do not hide our concerns about the remaining terrorist threats in Idlib, and so far we have not been able to separate the terrorists (from the armed opposition), and the terrorists continue their activities there and pose a threat to the Syrian Army and our military.”

The Russian official pointed out that “there is no alternative” to cooperating with Turkey in this direction, “and this is what is happening now,” stressing that Russia expects to ensure the liberation of Idlib from terrorists and to secure the Syrian and Russian military personnel active in the country.

On Sunday, Sputnik Arabic reported that the jihadist rebels from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham ” handed over some of their areas and headquarters in the southern Idlib countryside to groups belonging to the Rouse the Believers coalition.

The sources confirmed that among the sites and areas that were Kafr Nabl, Kafr Sijnah, Al-Tah, the vicinity of Maarat al-Numan and several headquarters near Saraqib.

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A very nice verification of the good old mantra “Anything before a “but” should be disqualified utter nonsense”. I love how the Russians handle antithesis. Basically what they say is that they’ll only clean terrorists with their terrorist sponsors’ consent. This is priceless 😂😂😂

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I agree. I am quite surprised & shocked reading this and this shift in the stand of the Russians now. They may have their own reasons of course. SAA juggernaut was halted unnecessarily 4 months ago when the enemy was almost decimated & brought to its knees and knocked out. SAA & Russians should learn lessons & take inputs from Island nation Sri Lankan Military on how they eliminated one of the most dreaded terrorist organization & won the 26 year war against Terror. Even US never won a war decisively neither in Iraq nor in Afghanistan. When battle of… Read more »

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I’m afraid Russians are not naive one bit mate, just like everybody else they’re cold self-interested calculators and know exactly what they’re doing, for the better and the worse, period. That’s what more and more people finally come to realize today. Despite the intrinsically positive effect they had in stopping the West/GCC/Israel/Turkey joint project push for national disintegration of Syria and turn it into a “Jihadistan à la Afghanistan” dead in its tracks and restoring most of its territorial integrity in the process, Putin’s constant double-dealings with Erdog, the joint “Turkish Stream” pipeline and of course the never-seen-before level of… Read more »

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Ja ja ja, francamente es para reírse, que estupidez decir que eliminará mercenarios con ayuda de su patrocinador.
Lo mas sensato es pedir a Turquía que se retire del territorio Sirio y deje de financiar terroristas, veríamos que muy pronto y rápido serían expulsados los terroristas. El fondo del asunto es que Erdogan no quiere albergar en su territorio, prefiere mantener en Siria a sus mercenarios.