Russian Defense Ministry denies information about attacks on Idlib

The Russian press reported that the Russian Aerospace Forces launched air strikes in the Idlib de-escalation zone in Syria. However, the Ministry of Defense denied these allegations.

As stated in the defense department, information about any attacks by Russian aircraft on targets located in this territory does not correspond to reality.

Russian Aerospace Forces did not strike at targets in the Idlib de-escalation zone

- quotes TASS words of the representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation.

Material about targeted airstrikes on the territory of the Syrian province of Idlib, controlled by terrorist groups, appeared in the newspaper Kommersant. The publication, citing two sources, reported that on March 9, Russian aviation allegedly carried out flights from Khmeimim air base and "worked out" for targets located near the settlement of Jisr al-Shugur. This settlement is located in the province of Idlib, it is controlled by militants.

According to Kommersant, these attacks were agreed with Turkey. Such measures were taken in response to the fact that terrorists flagrantly violate the ceasefire. At the same time, there is no talk of a large-scale counter-terrorist operation against militants in Idlib yet. Russia continues to hope that the agreements regarding this de-escalation zone signed in Sochi last fall will be implemented.

In addition to anonymous sources among the Russian military, Kommersant refers to information from a structure called the Observatory for Human Rights in Syria. This organization, which is based in London, has been repeatedly convicted of spreading misinformation. She often blamed both the Syrian and Russian Armed Forces for the alleged “killings of civilians”, without noticing the airstrikes inflicted by the American coalition.
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