Maria Zakharova: Hayet Tahrir al-Sham does not stop provocations in Idlib

The Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova confirmed that they are closely monitoring the situation in Idlib and said, "The mercenaries of Hayet Tahrir al-Sham do not stop provocations against the regime."

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The Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Friday that Moscow is closely monitoring the situation in the Syrian city, Idlib. She said, "The mercenaries of Hayet Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhet al-Nusra) do not stop provoking the regime's forces as 460 accidents have been recorded since the beginning of the year, leaving 30 killed and 100 injured."

She pointed out, "What is an issue of concern to us is the information that we got about the preparations of Hayet Tahrir al-Sham mercenaries for a new play using chemical weapons, laying the responsibility on the government forces."

The Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed in September 2018 to establish a demilitarized zone in four Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Hama, Lattakia and Idlib with the depth of 15-20 km. Turkey was considered the guarantor of the implementation of the agreement."

Under the terms of the agreement, Turkey had to withdraw heavy weapons from its mercenary gangs in the demilitarized zone until 10 October and withdraw the mercenaries from that area until the 15th of the same month, but Turkey did not implement the terms of the agreement.

In early 2019, the mercenaries of Hayet Tahrir al-Sham began to expand their control on the region, and they seized many areas in front of the eyes of the Turkish surveillance points, of which 12 points are located in Syria, and most of which are located in the areas of the presence of Hayet Tahrir al-Sham.

Russia and the Russian regime have repeatedly accused the Turkish regime of failing to fulfil its commitments towards Idlib.


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