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The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Russia responded to the accusations President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Russian and the Syrian military in civilian casualties in Idlib. It is reported by RIA Novosti.
The Ministry said that all the strikes are exclusively against the terrorists. While Russia considers the actions of the Syrians in Idlib absolutely legitimate. “The Syrians are fighting terrorism on its territory, in the country”, — stressed the foreign Ministry. In this regard, according to Moscow, the Syrians can legally use force against terrorists who do not want a political settlement.
Earlier, Erdogan accused Russia and Syria in the deaths of civilians in Idlib. The Turkish President stressed that most of the attacks committed by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia in Idlib, directed against civilians, not against terrorists. “Turkey is determined to dislodge Assad’s troops beyond the zone of de-escalation. We do not intend to shut eyes to provocations,” — said the Turkish leader.
Fighting in Idlib between Syrian forces and militants intensified in January, despite the initiated by Russia and Turkey, the cease-fire. According to the latest data, the Syrian army managed to advance deep into the province and take several key towns on the way to the capital of the region, in particular, the city of Sarakibe, located where four of the Turkish observation post.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Damascus that if by the end of February the troops will not be withdrawn behind the line of posts, then Ankara will take action. After the news of the capture by the Syrians of Sarakibe became aware of the transfer in region of additional military contingent, armoured vehicles and special forces units, in addition, against the background of these events in Idlib only in February killed more than ten Turkish security officials.
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