Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that some Western countries wish to preserve an enclave that is a terrorist hotbed in Syria’s Idlib province.

“There’s been news that some Western countries wish to do precisely that. They want this enclave where Jabhat al-Nusra (terrorist group outlawed in Russia) controls more than 90% of the territory to become a participant in the future political process,” Lavrov stated at a news conference on Wednesday.

“It is clear that there can be no talks with terrorists. Our Western counterparts have repeatedly demonstrated double standards, so I cannot rule out that the information I’ve mentioned is well-founded.”

The top Russian diplomat recalled the gist of the agreements between the Russian and Turkish presidents on the de-escalation zone in Idlib.

“The agreement requires separating the opposition interested in a normal dialogue with the government of Syria from the terrorists, thus isolating them and continuing their elimination. No agreements envisage the indefinite preservation of this hotbed of terrorism on Syrian soil,” Lavrov said.

“On February 14, ahead of the trilateral Russia-Iran-Turkey summit in Sochi there will be bilateral meetings with President Erdogan and President Rouhani,” the top diplomat noted.

“Naturally, at the meeting with Erdogan, the question about the Idlib zone will be one of the main ones. Everybody understands that Jabhat al-Nusra should by no means be allowed to gain a firmer foothold in that zone, where it has in fact already tripled the area under its control. Instead of separating the illegal armed groups from Jabhat al-Nusra, we are seeing the opposite process,” he added.

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Daeshbags-Sux
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Well, why doesn’t Lavrov finger-points those doing this? Or maybe Russia is fearing Turkey giving up with purchasing nuclear plants, S-400, giving up the Turkstream gas pipeline and since Turkey won’t get F-35, maybe purchasing MiG-35, Su-35 and Su-57 to replace obsolete F-4 and ageing F-16? I bet Erdogan would be pretty upset if pointed directly while is the only one able to affect the events in Idlib…
Russia also seem to practise double standards considering her dubious relations with several well known terrorism-funding states 😉
Seems that when there are huuuuge money contracts, Russia ends with some amnesia 😉

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Dont forget Trump and EU seem to love these ppl when they are threatened. France UK and US, considering their position, were even worse than Turkey at trying to block Syria from taking Idlib last september. They were opening up the fake chemical attack scheme once again. Israel bombed Syria the day Erdogan and Putin announced Idlib agreement. All those parties would rather have Idlib in terrorist hands, although I suspect Trump is being misled all too easily by advisors.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, the Czar and the Sultan have not been friends but trade and ephemeral, tactical partners. Turkey will not give up trying to acquire modern arms and nuclear technology – no matter what.

The Sultan depends on Russia for that tech and natural gas. Because no other country will trade these key prerequisites of Neo-Ottoman expansionism to him.

Russia is cash strapped and can afford to sell aging technological secrets. Turkey cannot keep that tech up to date even if it can retro-engineer like China did.

p.s. France also has a record of trading weapons and tech to any.

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Nestor Arapa

Uno de los interesados en que permanezca Al-Qaeda en Idlib es Erdogan (Hermandad Musulmana).

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Verdad. I also think of the MB Sultan and other Muslim radicals.

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The Czar’s FM Lavrov is truly diplomatic when he speaks of Western countries and does not address Turkey and Gulf states directly.

I wonder whether they can be called “Western”. They are strategic partners of the US not “Western”. Even the US are merely Western in the geographical sense of the word. They do not stand for more Western civilization than Russia.

But he probably only means they are no part of Russia’s “Eastern” allies.

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johnny was

russian gobshite in chief. the more he repeats his fantasies the more he believes them

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@johnny was, the Czar’s FM is quite right about facts – though the countries he must mean are only US partners not Western countries.