foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov and Minister of foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu smile and shake hands. Meeting on the sidelines of the Munich security conference was planned for Sunday, but was held already on Saturday. Another will be held on Monday, and then will decide whether the summit meeting.
With Russian and later with his Turkish counterpart in Munich have met the foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas. It was about the most problematic.
“We talked about the situation in Syria, in Idlib. We are very concerned about. If military action will not stop, the region faces a humanitarian catastrophe. I said to my Russian colleague: we expect that Russia uses its influence on the Assad regime to the attacks ceased. If this does not happen, then Idlib will flood even greater flow of refugees. No one is interested. I therefore hope that the upcoming talks between Russia and Turkey next week will lead to the improvement of the situation, and the humanitarian disaster will be averted,” said Heiko Maas.
the Meeting at the Munich security conference held against the backdrop of aggravation of the Syrian Idlib. Russian military-diplomatic source said that Ankara is moving to a zone of de-escalation of military equipment. And under the guise of Turkish soldiers in the fighting against the Syrian government troops engaged the militants of several terrorist groups.
the Biggest concern was reported to cause cases of fighters portable antiaircraft-rocket complexes. Practically, this means that the Turkish side has put us MANPADS to terrorists, said a military-diplomatic source.
Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking at the Munich security conference, said that the terrorists in Idlib used civilians as a human shield. He added that contacts between Russia and Turkey at the level of experts, diplomats, military continue. The challenge is to find ways the implementation of the agreements in Idlib.
the President of Turkey demanded the withdrawal of the Syrian army in Idlib. Otherwise Turkey until the end of February they will move. Meanwhile, at the Russian Centre for reconciliation the warring parties in Syria have reported that on-site Iglinskiy areas of de-escalation is still ongoing violations of the cessation of hostilities by illegal armed groups. It is emphasized that the Russian side continues to adhere to the provisions of the Memorandum of understanding adopted in October last year.