The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has criticized Turkey for not implementing some of its "basic" obligations regarding Idlib and not being able to separate the ready-dialogue opposition with Damascus from the "terrorists”.
Answering the questions of the "Rossiyskaya Gazeta" on Tuesday, Lavrov said: "Alas, the Turkish side wasn't be able to fulfill some obligations aiming at solving the problem in Idlib radically in this stage.”
Lavrov indicated that Turkey wasn't able to "separate the Syrian armed opposition, which cooperates with the Turks and which is ready for the dialogue with the Syrian government in the framework of the political process from the terrorists of Jabhat al-Nusra where Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) mimics it.”
"According to our data, which has already been announced by the General Staff, the Turkish army advanced to definite positions inside the de-escalation zones in Idlib without warning, so we couldn’t inform the Syrian army of that and some attacks took place as a result, which was responded, followed by threats by the Turkish side to taking retaliatory procedures. All this is very sad,” he added.
In another context, the Russian Foreign Minister confirmed that a process of transforming hundreds of fighters from the de-escalation zones in Idlib into Libya is taking place to take part in the fighting, pointing out that, "this is the other side which is related to the dangers and the emerging threats from the de-escalation zones in Idlib.”
Lavrov stressed that, "Russia cannot solve the problem by itself, but it can only demand for the implementation of the agreements regarding Idlib unconditionally and impartially,” asserting that, "Moscow is discussing this matter with the partners of the Turks.”
While the Turkish President Erdogan said on Tuesday, “the army of his country won't stop the military operations in Idlib, but it will continue them "with the same firmness,” noting that Turkey doesn't want to enter into a conflict with Russia in the current stage.
He added that the recent attacks of the Syrian government forces in Idlib, which led to the killing of Turkish soldiers, "is a violation of Idlib agreement" signed with Russia, stressing that "the consequences of this attack will reflect on the Syrian government, of course.”
The Syrian Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister, Faisal Mekdad said on Monday that Turkey's practices contradict with the tracks of Astana and Sochi blatantly and what the guarantor states agreed on to end the Syrian crisis, adding: "We condemn any violation of Adana Agreement, as the Turkish regime didn't abide to this agreement, which doesn't allow it to cross into the Syrian territories in this way.”