Russia expects that Syria’s Idlib will be soon liberated from terrorism, which would insure the safety of Russian and Syrian service members, Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin said on December 15.
In an interview with Russia’s Channel One, Peskov said that Moscow is worried that the “terrorist threat” in Idlib is yet to be addressed.
“The process of separating terrorists in Idlib [from moderate forces] has not been carried out yet … Terrorists are still active there, and they pose a threat to the Syrian military and our soldiers,” RT quoted Peskov as saying.
Peskov added that Russia sees no alternative to cooperation with Turkey on this serious issue, stressing that Ankara is responsible for removing terrorists from Idlib.
Last year, Russia and Turkey reached a breakthrough agreement on Idlib. However, Ankara is yet to fulfill its part of the agreement, which was meant to help neutralize all terrorist groups in the governorate without a military operation.
Most of Idlib and opposition-held areas around it are now under the control of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and other terrorist groups. These groups are launching more and more attacks at nearby military positions and civilian areas.
This situation may soon force the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to launch a large anti-terrorist operation in the area with support from the Russian Aerospace Forces.