Lavrov: We are watching Idlib and have Russian troops on the ground

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday: “Russia has military servicemen stationed on the ground in the Syrian region of Idlib,” adding: “Any attacks carried out  by Islamist militant groups in the de-escalation zone would be forcefully suppressed.”
DEBKAfile: This comment is unusual, since Moscow rarely reveals where Russian troops are deployed or admits to maintaining ground troops in Syria. The “de-escalation zone” Lavrov refers too was set up with Turkey to avert a Syrian assault on Idlib. The latest outbreak in the province would indicate that this deal is a dead letter, and Moscow is opening the door for direct Russian military intervention in the fighting.

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6 thoughts on “Lavrov: We are watching Idlib and have Russian troops on the ground

  • Aug 20, 2019 @ 19:55 at 19:55
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    weak russia will be beaten by weak Turkish all those two are loosers countries

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    • Aug 20, 2019 @ 22:24 at 22:24
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      Russia will be border country to Israel.
      Turkey and Russia putting a trap there.

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  • Aug 20, 2019 @ 20:51 at 20:51
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    Giving a violent beating to the Turks is good domestic propaganda for Putin; Russia suffers economic hardship and needs to be considered as an important power; the United States and Israel do very well for the Russians to face Turkey; and the Kurds – little by little – will be done with the necessary territory for their nation … Everything is going perfect … Very soon, the Persian terrorists will be left alone … and then they will be annihilated without large treasury expenses ..

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  • Aug 20, 2019 @ 21:55 at 21:55
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    Erdo putteth on a good show.

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  • Aug 21, 2019 @ 17:37 at 17:37
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    Would be a gift to humanity if Orthodox Christian Russia liberates Constantinople and annexes all of Mongol-occupied Turkey!

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