Russia Urges Turkey to Put Pressure on its Jihadist Groups

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May 8th, 2017 – Fort Russ News –

– – – translated by Samer Hussein –

Russia urged Turkey to put pressure on the Ankara-backed terrorist groups, fighting against the Syrian Army. 

Russian center for reconciliation in Humaimam issued a statement, saying that the Russian side called on Turkey to immediately consult with the leaders of the so-called “armed opposition” groups which are backed by the regime in Ankara and urge them not to fall for any provocations of Al Nusra Front, ISIS and other terrorist groups, fighting against the Syrian army. 

Despite the ceasefire agreement currently being implemented in Syria and which is said to be mostly going on in accordance with the schedule, Russian Defense Ministry nonetheless discovered 19 cases of ceasefire violations by terrorist groups. 

Recently, Russia came up with a memorandum on establishing four de-escalation zones within Syrian territory in order to protect the civilian population, with Iran and Turkey acting as the two other guarantor states. 

The Russian mission to the UN has already urged the UN Security Council to support its memorandum. 

Meanwhile, Syrian officials responded to the latest Russian proposal on de-escalating the crisis in Syria. Walid Mouallem, Syria’s Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Minister, said his country accepts the Russian proposal on creating the four de-escalation zones within Syrian territory, however, for the time being only Russian forces will be allowed to get deployed there, adding that there is “no place” for the UN peacekeeping or any other international forces in those areas at the moment. 

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