Turkey Responsible For Assisting Separation Of Radicals, Opposition In Idlib - Lavrentyev

Turkey Responsible for Assisting Separation of Radicals, Opposition in Idlib - Lavrentyev

GENEVA (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 12th September, 2018) The Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria is under responsibility of Turkey, which should facilitate the process of separating moderate opposition from terrorists in the area, Russian special presidential envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said on Tuesday.

"The Idlib province, as it was agreed 1.5 year ago, is a zone of certain responsibility of Turkey, the member of Astana process, and it's their responsibility to separate the moderate opposition from the extremists - Nusra [Front, banned in Russia] and other terrorist groups," Lavrentyev said in Geneva.

"What we can see now is that despite time and despite efforts exerted by the Turkish side, still the number of those who we call extremists is quite high. It's extremely difficult for the Turks to complete their part of the job. So we want to be really helpful to them, that's why we are trying to coordinate our activities, to find a solution," the diplomat stressed.

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