Russia: Zakharova says Turkey’s ‘chronic failure’ to implement agreements behind rising tensions in Idlib

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova blamed Turkey for the worsening situation in Syria's Idlib de-escalation zone, speaking at a press conference at her weekly press conference in Moscow on Wednesday. «We see the reasons for the current deterioration in Turkey's chronic failure to fulfil its commitments under the Sochi memorandum of September 17, 2018, and the transfer by Ankara... Еще of Turkey-controlled units of the so-called moderate armed opposition to northeastern Syria into the zone of Operation Peace Spring and to Libya,» said Zakharova. The spokesperson stated that Moscow remains committed on working together with Ankara to solve the Syrian conflict. «We do not dispute that on a number of issues we have discrepancies with Turkey. That’s why our experts just recently returned from Turkey, where they met with the Turkish partners, and in the near future, I think, contacts will be announced or held with Turkish colleagues to clarify all difficult issues that we have on the agenda,» said Zakaharova. Earlier on Wednesday Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he had discussed the issue in a telephone call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Five Turkish soldiers were reportedly killed and as many injured on Monday when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) launched an offensive on the airport of Taftanaz in the Idlib province.

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