Russia: Syria must not become “arena for settling geopolitical disputes” – Zakharova

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Published on 23 Jan 2019, 15:49
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Spokesperson for Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova used her weekly briefing in Moscow on Wednesday to raise concerns about the increasing number of violations of the ceasefire in Idlib.

“The number of ceasefire violations is increasing. Since the Russian-Turkey memorandum was signed on September 17, more than one thousand such cases were registered with 65 people dead and more than 200 wounded. Thirty ceasefire violations were registered in the last four days,” she said.

Referring to reports that US Forces allegedly liberated IS militants from a Badghis Province prison, Zakharova said “these circumstances give the idea that the national security forces of a number of countries are trying to adapt terrorist activities in Afghanistan in accordance with their interests.”

“We must not allow Syria, which has suffered over many years of armed conflict, to become an arena for settling geopolitical disputes. And we urge everyone to think about the possible consequences of causing more chaos in the Middle East,” Zakharova concluded.

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