Russia informs Turkey of ceasefire violations in Syria’s Idlib region: report

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ANKARA, TURKEY - AUGUST 14: Foreign Minister of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) and Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov (L) hold a joint press conference after attending the 10th Ambassadors' Conference in Ankara, Turkey on August 14, 2018. Fatih Aktas / Anadolu Agency

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a Monday phone call informed his Turkish counterpart, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, about ceasefire violations committed by extremists from the Idlib de-escalation zone, the Russian TASS news agency reported.

According to the Russian foreign ministry, the two top diplomats discussed the process of peace settlement in Syria.

“The Russian side informed the Turkish side about ceasefire violations committed by radicals entrenched in the Idlib de-escalation zone and stressed the necessity to separate opposition forces from terrorists,” the ministry said. “The ministers agreed to continue close contacts between the military.”

Lavrov and Çavuşoğlu discussed the practical aspects of joint efforts to counter terrorist threats and ensure the continuation of the de-escalation regime in the Idlib zone in line with the Russia-Turkish memorandum of Sept. 17, 2018.

The conversation was initiated by the Turkish side, the report said.

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