Foreign Ministry: Ankara does not fulfill the Sochi agreement on Syria

Moscow believes that the reason for the aggravation of the situation in Idlib is a permanent failure of Ankara’s previous agreements.

As the channel “Russia 24” reports that the world community at a briefing has informed the official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Maria Zakharova.

She stressed that Turkey is not fulfilling its obligations at the Sochi Memorandum dated 17 September 2018, throwing itself controlled by armed detachments of the so-called opposition in the North-East of Syria and in Libya.

Zakharov noted that Moscow remains committed to earlier reached agreements and will continue joint work, in order to reduce the level of fighting in Syria and ensure the security of troops of the States-guarantors of the peace process.

Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Damascus and Moscow in attacks on civilians in the Syrian Idlib and said that his country’s troops will attack the government of Syria outside Iglinskiy areas of de-escalation, if they are to conduct offensive operations.

In may 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan (now Nur-Sultan), the representatives of Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed to establish in Syria four zones of de-escalation. In 2018, the three of them came under the control of Damascus. The fourth is still not subject to the ATS authorities – it is situated in Idlib province and parts of neighboring provinces of Latakia, Hama and Aleppo. In September 2018 Russia and Turkey agreed in Sochi that in Idlib, where based dozens of armed groups, created a demilitarized zone.