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Russia: MoD holding ‘tough’ talks with Syrian ‘moderate opposition’ over Idlib02:34

Russia: MoD holding ‘tough’ talks with Syrian ‘moderate opposition’ over Idlib

Russian Federation, Abakan
August 28, 2018 at 14:19 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in Abakan on Tuesday that the Ministry of Defence was negotiating with Syria’s “moderate opposition” to reach a peaceful settlement over Idlib, “which is virtually the last de-escalation zone.”

“Over there tough negotiations are being held on all levels including the leaders of the ‘moderate opposition,’" he said.

“The work being conducted there resembles that which is being carried out in the south de-escalation zone at the border with Jordan and the Golan heights in Israel,” he added.

The minister said that over one million refugees had returned to Syria since 2015. However, Shoigu said he was surprised by the West’s reaction. “The better the situation in Syria gets, the more complaints and questions our Western partners have,” he said.

“If you face problems in your countries, then take part in the settlement of this problem; take part in the restoration of Syria’s infrastructure so that the people could return to their homes,” he added.

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Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said in Abakan on Tuesday that the Ministry of Defence was negotiating with Syria’s “moderate opposition” to reach a peaceful settlement over Idlib, “which is virtually the last de-escalation zone.”

“Over there tough negotiations are being held on all levels including the leaders of the ‘moderate opposition,’" he said.

“The work being conducted there resembles that which is being carried out in the south de-escalation zone at the border with Jordan and the Golan heights in Israel,” he added.

The minister said that over one million refugees had returned to Syria since 2015. However, Shoigu said he was surprised by the West’s reaction. “The better the situation in Syria gets, the more complaints and questions our Western partners have,” he said.

“If you face problems in your countries, then take part in the settlement of this problem; take part in the restoration of Syria’s infrastructure so that the people could return to their homes,” he added.

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