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Russia: 'What is it for?' - Zakharova questions France, Germany joining Idlib talks02:05

Russia: 'What is it for?' - Zakharova questions France, Germany joining Idlib talks

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 27, 2020 at 15:21 GMT -00:00 · Published

Moscow believes there is no need to invite Germany and France to the Russia-Turkey talks on Idlib, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at her weekly briefing in Moscow on Thursday.

"The joining of other countries, especially countries that, to tell you the truth hardly played a decisive role in the situation on the ground, a question arises: what is it for, is such a move necessary?" said Zakharova.

She added that Moscow is "ready and open to various initiatives, but they should be justified somehow."

Speaking about the situation on the ground in Idlib, the spokesperson said that "one of the main reasons for the degradation of the situation is, in our opinion, is the failure to comply with the Russian-Turkish memorandum of September 17, 2018."

Zakharova went on to discuss the ongoing extradition case against whistleblower Julian Assange in a London court.

She stated that the "whole world" considered the case as a "blow to the institute of investigative journalism, as a blow to free independent media, as a catastrophic blow to basic human rights."

"Such punitive measures against a journalist in the 21st century are an absolutely unacceptable practice and total disgrace for the Western countries involved in this, which consider themselves democratic and free," concluded Zakharova.

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Moscow believes there is no need to invite Germany and France to the Russia-Turkey talks on Idlib, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said at her weekly briefing in Moscow on Thursday.

"The joining of other countries, especially countries that, to tell you the truth hardly played a decisive role in the situation on the ground, a question arises: what is it for, is such a move necessary?" said Zakharova.

She added that Moscow is "ready and open to various initiatives, but they should be justified somehow."

Speaking about the situation on the ground in Idlib, the spokesperson said that "one of the main reasons for the degradation of the situation is, in our opinion, is the failure to comply with the Russian-Turkish memorandum of September 17, 2018."

Zakharova went on to discuss the ongoing extradition case against whistleblower Julian Assange in a London court.

She stated that the "whole world" considered the case as a "blow to the institute of investigative journalism, as a blow to free independent media, as a catastrophic blow to basic human rights."

"Such punitive measures against a journalist in the 21st century are an absolutely unacceptable practice and total disgrace for the Western countries involved in this, which consider themselves democratic and free," concluded Zakharova.

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