Syrian Conflict Won’t be Settled Until Idlib Issue is Resolved – Official

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Earlier in the day, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that the US shared Russia’s concerns over the presence of terrorist groups in the Syrian province of Idlib.

Russia acts precisely and selectively in Syria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Wednesday.

“We, as it was said many times, act precisely, selectively, trying to minimize possible risks for the civilian population,” Ryabkov told journalists answering the question about Western statements that Russia allegedly started the operation in Idlib.

Ryabkov also stated that Moscow did not trust signals from the UK and the US regarding the situation in Syria. He further noted that Russia was extremely concerned about the threat of a new provocation.

The Russian official went on to note that the forthcoming UN Security Council meeting on Iran, which will involve US President Donald Trump, will not be easy.


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