Russia calls on Turkey to honor its obligations in Syria’s Idlib — diplomat

According to Alexander Lavrentyev, a possible extension of this mechanism is expected to be discussed in December

MOSCOW, SANA-Moscow calls on Ankara to meet all of its commitments concerning Syria’s Idlib, Russian presidential envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said in an interview with TASS.

“By the way, as for the fulfillment of commitments, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, regrettably, says nothing about the implementation of the Turkish side’s obligations concerning Idlib, where units of illegal armed groups, such as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (a terrorist organization outlawed in Russia) have not been withdrawn behind the M44 highway. So, we hope that they will also honor all of their obligations,” he said.

Cross-border assistance mechanism

As for a possible extension of the cross-border assistance mechanism in Syria, the Russian side will be guided by Syria’s position on this matter, Lavrentyev noted.

Regrettably, we see that the obligations and guarantees given by Western nations in the context of the implementation of early recovery projects and the expansion of humanitarian aid to Syrian-controlled territories are stalling and are at a low point. And this is why the extension is needed.

Our position is well known but we are oriented toward the Syrian side on this matter as well. If it is interested in keeping this mechanism in place in the current difficult environment or in extending it for a certain period, we are ready to heed their opinion. If they think it is no longer welcome, naturally, we will block it,” he said.

According to the Russian diplomat, a possible extension of this mechanism is expected to be discussed in December. “We have some time. We have discussed this matter with our Syrian friends and decided to return to it in mid-December. I hope we will visit Damascus to speak about it,” he went on to say.

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