The De-escalation zones in Syria bringing an end to civil war: Russian Defense Minister
Aug 24, Damascus: The Russian Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, on Wednesday stated that the implementation of de-escalation zones in Syria and the separation of terrorists from opposition has intensified the fight against terrorism, effectively ending the civil war in the country, .
The minister reportedly praised the efforts of Lebanese army to eradicate Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and the Al-Nusra front terrorist group in areas they hold on the Lebanon-Syria border. “Both we and you understand that the terrorist flow from one country to another cannot go on perpetually. We wish that our western partners understood that too, and separated the moderate opposition from terrorists at last, ceasing indiscriminate support to everyone,” Shoigu said, before adding that the de-escalation zones is immediately close to [Lebanon’s] border, and a part of its units are fighting terrorists in the country.
The four de-escalation zones – in Eastern Ghouta, in the Damascus governorate, Idlib in the north, Homs in the east, and in southern Syria – were agreed upon during Astana talks in May. The proposal to establish the zones was signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey, with the approval of the Syrian government. The UN has welcomed the initiative.
Russia and Turkey are working on finalizing the implementation of the Idlib de-escalation zone, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement, following a meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov with his Turkish counterpart Sedat Onal in Moscow on Wednesday.
The statement noted a “substantial decrease in the levels of violence observed after the implementation of the three de-escalation zones,” adding that the sides have agreed to step up efforts on setting up the fourth such zone in Idlib.
Agencies/The Oslo Times International News Network