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Russia says militants in Syria's Idlib province need liquidating

August 29, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov on 11 September 2017 [Shadi Nsoor/Anadolu Agency]

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday described militants in the rebel-held Syrian enclave of Idlib as a “festering abscess” that needed to be liquidated.

Calling them terrorists, Lavrov said they were using civilians as a human shield.

Speaking after talks with his Saudi counterpart Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir in Moscow, Lavrov also told reporters that there was a political understanding between Turkey and Russia on the need to distinguish between the Syrian opposition and people he described as terrorists in Idlib Province.

Read: US warns Syria, Russia on possible Idlib offensive