BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:45 P.M.) – The spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday morning that the current situation in the Idlib province is cause for concern, as its instability is a threat to Russia’s Hmeimim Airbase in neighboring Latakia.
“The current situation around Idlib is of serious concern. The situation in this de-escalation zone is rapidly deteriorating. The territory has actually been taken under the full control of militants from the al-Nusra alliance Hayat Tahrir al-Sham”, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday, adding that the provocations posed a serious danger to civilians and Syrian troops in the area, as well as to the Russian Hmeymim Airbase, Sputnik News reported.
Earlier this month, the jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham seized most of the province from the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front.
As a result of this major advance, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham now finds themselves in control of several important areas in and around the Idlib province.