Moscow notes Ankara’s efforts to counter the provocations of militants in Idlib and the difficult situation in Al Tanf, in southern Syria

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced on Friday that Moscow notes Ankara’s efforts to confront provocations of militants in Idlib.

“We note Ankara’s efforts to counter the provocations of extremists and their attempts to destabilize the situation in the de-escalation zone,” Zakharova told a news conference.

We start from the fact that sustainable security in Idlib can only be achieved by separating the so-called moderate opposition from the terrorists by neutralizing them.

Zakharova noted that there is a difficult situation in southern Syria, in the 55-km area around the Al Tanf area and the “Rakban” refugee camp.

Zakharova added: “The information received indicates the continuing deterioration of the health and epidemiological situation there.

After the Syrian-Jordanian border was closed as part of measures to combat the spread of Coronavirus infection, refugees lost the opportunity to obtain qualified medical care.

At the same time, United Nations humanitarian agencies are unable to establish alternative channels for providing medical assistance because of the lack of security guarantees.

Diplomacy stressed that “militants operating under the American cover of illegal armed groups not only attack and steal humanitarian supplies, but also hinder the creation of conditions for organizing the work of medical personnel in the camp, as they prevent refugees from leaving the riders, and in fact they hold them hostage”.

Talks took place in Moscow between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdogan on March 5, focusing on settlement issues in Syria, chief among them are ways to find a solution to the current crisis in the de-escalation zone in Idlib.

A ceasefire was agreed upon as of the night of March 5, and among the terms of the agreement was the start of the joint patrols between the Russians and the Turks on the international road “M4” in Syria (the Latakia-Aleppo road) on March 15.