BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – Syrian military expert Ra’ed Jaber told Sputnik Radio on Friday that Russia will likely avoid a large-scale offensive in the Idlib Governorate.

“The situation there is very turbulent, with the continuation of the military operations for two and a half months, while Turkey has not yet fulfilled its obligations under the Sochi Agreement on Idlib,” Jaber told Sputnik Radio.

Jaber told Sputnik Radio that Russians do not want a large-scale military operation in Idlib; instead, he said, Moscow prefers a diplomatic approach with Ankara that would see the Turkish Armed Forces replace the militants in the demilitarized zone.

“There is more than one scenario that has been put in place recently, including the urging of Turkey to fulfill its obligations, but more importantly, to effectively dismantle and target the areas controlled by the terrorists from Al-Nusra Front (Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham,” Jaber said.

The military expert said that Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham is the most radical faction in northwestern Syria and a major determent to the peace process because they reject any dialogue and ceasefires.

Jaber said the “humanitarian crisis” is often brought up in regards to Idlib because it is used to protect the jihadists in the governorate, something Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov previously pointed out.

He stressed that “there is a danger to the lives of civilians already in Idlib, but the problem is in the U.S. policy that is used as a pretext to protect the Al-Nusra Front and make it a partner at the negotiations table.”

It should be pointed out that Russia has denied any involvement in ground operations in northwestern Syria.

ALSO READ  Two Turkish soldiers killed in attack on Syrian border
Advertisements
Share this article:
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  • 1
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
    1
    Share

Notice: All comments represent the view of the commenter and not necessarily the views of AMN.

All comments that are not spam or wholly inappropriate are approved, we do not sort out opinions or points of view that are different from ours.

This is a Civilized Place for Public Discussion

Please treat this discussion with the same respect you would a public park. We, too, are a shared community resource — a place to share skills, knowledge and interests through ongoing conversation.

These are not hard and fast rules, merely guidelines to aid the human judgment of our community and keep this a clean and well-lighted place for civilized public discourse.

Improve the Discussion

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

Be Agreeable, Even When You Disagree

You may wish to respond to something by disagreeing with it. That’s fine. But remember to criticize ideas, not people. Please avoid:

  • Name-calling
  • Ad hominem attacks
  • Responding to a post’s tone instead of its actual content
  • Knee-jerk contradiction

Instead, provide reasoned counter-arguments that improve the conversation.

newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Emile
Guest
Emile

Moscow prefers a diplomatic approach with Ankara that would see the Turkish Armed Forces replace the militants in the demilitarized zone AND LATER ON in Idlib ! Stupid Sotchi agreement for Syria; very good agreement for Turkey and Russia who sells S400 and soon S35. Very sad for all the people who died for Syria. That doesn’t count for Russia’business !