Russia: Zakharova calls for ‘full implementation’ of Sochi memorandum on Idlib

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova called on Turkey to improve efforts on implementing the Sochi memorandum on Syria’s Idlib, speaking at her weekly briefing in Moscow on Thursday. “We advocate to ensure the full implementation if Idlib memorandum from Sochi in September 2018, especially when it comes to creating a demilitarised zone and separating the so-called moderate... Еще opposition from terrorists,» said the spokesperson. According to her, more than 90 Syrian soldiers have died in the zone in militant shelling. Citing “some independent journalists' investigations”, Zakharova also claimed that the Dutch government “had tried to cover up” a bombing by the Dutch Royal Air Forces in the Iraqi city of Hawijah in 2015, which allegedly resulted in the deaths of dozens of civilians. She went on discussing Estonia and its treatment of Russian news company Sputnik Estonia. “If a state considers itself committed to the same European values, but not only them, also values of multiple international organs, specifically of the Council of Europe, the OSCE, and many others, these values must be complied with.” Estonian authorities have said that Sputnik Estonia and its employees face criminal cases opened against them unless they cut ties to Russian state-owned Rossiya Segodnya, Sputnik’s parent company, whose editor-in-chief Dmitry Kiselyov is currently under EU sanctions.

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