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Lavrov: Syria regime has every right to fight Nusra Front in Idlib

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks during a joint press conference held with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlut Cavusoglu (not seen) within the 10th Ambassadors' Conference in Ankara, Turkey on August 14, 2018. ( Cem Özdel - Anadolu Agency )

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said yesterday that the Syrian regime army has every right to suppress terrorists activities in Syria, including Al-Nusra Front, noting that the situation in Idlib is the most difficult because of the large number of militants.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara, Lavrov said: “The de-escalation zones were established based on some conditions. One of these conditions was that the ceasefire will not include the terrorists. The situation there is more difficult. The Nusra Front has thousands of militants there.”

The Russian minister explained that his country and Turkey are discussing the full implementation of the de-escalation agreements in Syria, including in Idlib.

“For Syria, we are discussing, through different channels, the tasks of overcoming the resistance of the recent terrorist groups, the return of armed opposition which rejects terrorist methods to peaceful life, and the implementation of the de-escalation agreements including in Idlib … We hope to solve Idlib issue through cooperation,” he added.

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