Attacks by Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham militants in Idlib will be crushed, Turkey has been notified about that, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

“Jointly with our Turkish colleagues, in order to stop regular violations by these terrorists of the cessation of hostilities regime, although it does not extend to them, we have made it clear that if they carry out attacks from this zone, they will be severely suppressed. Throughout this year, these provocations have not stopped”, Lavrov stated.

He added that in all cases, Turkish colleagues were warned that “we would respond, and this practice can’t stop, because the agreement on Idlib does not provide for the extension of the ceasefire regime to terrorists”.

“The developing situation has emerged due to the fact that extremists do not cease their attempts to hit from there [Idlib’s areas controlled by militants and the opposition] targets located in other territories of the Syrian Arab Republic. Our military certainly maintains constant contact. These days, they are discussing the current situation”, Lavrov said at a press conference, held after his talks with Ghanaian counterpart, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey.

The minister stressed that Russia was closely following the situation in Idlib.

The statement comes after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier in the day that Turkey was in contact with Russia over the Syrian Air Force’s recent attack on a Turkish military convoy in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.

“We must ensure a ceasefire in Idlib. Our convoy has suffered an attack recently. We contacted Russia immediately. Contacts continue. If the need arises, I will talk with [Russian Foreign Minister Sergei] Lavrov. Our convoy’s mission is to assist the operation of the observatory point, operating under the Astana agreements”, Cavusoglu told reporters.

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The minister stressed that it was necessary to focus on a political settlement and transition period in Syria.

“We will discuss this at upcoming meetings with the Russian and Iranian leaders … It is difficult to ensure a political settlement without the participation of the guarantor states”, Cavusoglu added.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry said a day earlier that Turkish armoured vehicles had crossed Syria’s border and were moving toward Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel stronghold in Idlib. The Turkish Defence Ministry accused the Syrian Air Force later on 19 August of conducting an airstrike against the Turkish military convoy, adding that three civilians had been killed and 12 more had sustained injuries as a result of this attack.

 

Source: Sputnik

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Long Live Syria
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Mr.Cavusoglu Turki should stop running around inside a Syria war zone like a thief. Why come to Khan Sheikhoun in such a big military convoy? What work did you guys have there? SAA is battling Islamic Jihadis in that region and any movement is considered enemy movement. So don’t blame any one except yourselves if you get hit and take casualties. Get back into Turki & man your own borders and leave Syria to Syrian Army & RuAF. Do not interfere. Russians have made it very clear to you. I am sure you will not fock around with the Russians.… Read more »

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Turkey being full part of the problem, it can’t be part of the solution.

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Weldon Cheek

Surely if it had been an attack on turkeys convoy then the casualties would of been turkish military personel ? Oh and how did the attack on the convoy not actually cause any destruction on the vehicles loaded with tanks that would be almost imossible to miss? This is the lazyest lieing ive ever heard!

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Lavro Must have said this До прикручивания HTS мы держали Турки в курсе и были уведомлены 😉 🙂

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Nestor Arapa

Ojala Lavrov no se chupe es mentira de Erdogan, ese convoy iba lleno de suministros de guerra para abastecer a los terroristas.

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Seems obvious that Turkey, the U.S. and Israel have made a secret deal to split Syria among themselves. Well, the U.S. will just donate their zone to their owners in Israhell.
Don’t think Russia and Iran, not to mention Syria, will ever allow this no matter the degree of escalation of the war.

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I don’t think that Israel considers anything else than reclaiming its full sovereignty on Palestinian occupied lands in Gaza and Judea-Samaria after Abu-Mazen will definitively refuse the Trump peace plan when the political side will be published. They have all the legal justifications to scrap Oslo-II and since they’re not signatory to the Rome treaty, they can’t be sued fr war-crime if they displace population = expelling most of the Palestinians. UNRWA being now tainted with huge scandals and even the EU now getting that PA cheated Oslo-II, well, the school text-books inciting to racism, jihad and murders added to… Read more »