Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia Maria Zakharova made a statement on the possible operation to be conducted in the province of Idlib in Syria ahead of the Tehran summit to be held by the Presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran today (September 7).
Zakharova stated that the negotiations between Russia and Turkey have been continuing in order to ensure that an operation to be launched in Idlib could have minimum effect on the civilians living in the region.
As reported by Sputnik news website, Zakharova also said,
"The Idlib de-escalation zone remains a 'hot spot' on Syria's map, a large part of it is controlled today by terrorists gathered around the al-Nusra Front within the structure dubbed Hayat Tahrir al-Sham."
Zakharova made her statement just before the Tehran summit, where the scope and timing of the Idlib operation will be specified.
At the summit, President of Iran Hassan Rouhani, President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who are also the leaders of the guarantor countries of the Astana process, will meet.
Idlib is expected to be at the top of the meeting's agenda.
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