The war in Syria is effectively over, said the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Lavrov on September 13 in an interview to Trud newspaper.
According to the diplomat, Syria is gradually returning to peaceful life. There are separate hotbeds of tension, clarified the minister, “only in the areas that are beyond the Syrian government’s control, such as Idlib and the eastern bank of the Euphrates River.”
The diplomat believes that under these conditions, the first step is to provide humanitarian assistance to Syria and to advance “the political process to resolve the crisis in order to achieve reliable and long-term stabilization in this country, as well as in the Middle East in general, has become our priority.”
According to the head of the Russian diplomatic corps, Russia supports restoring Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and “bringing speedy relief to the consequences of rampant terrorism”, having all Syrians return to their homes and the country itself to the “Arab family”, which will guarantee security and stability in the Middle East.
In August 2015, Syrian President Bashar Assad asked the Russian Government for military assistance in resolving the armed conflict, which began in the country in 2011.
Since August 26, 2015, Russia has been providing military assistance to Syria in the fight against the Islamists.
Also, earlier on September 17, 2018, a demilitarized zone was created in the province of Idlib in order to separate the Syrian government troops from the terrorists. The creation of the zone was the result of negotiations between Russia and Turkey in the city of Sochi, Russia. Security control in the demilitarized zone is carried out by the Russian military police and Turkish military units.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency