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Turkey falls behind schedule for deployment of observers to Idlib — Russian envoy

December 21, 2017, 21:57 UTC+3

The deployment of observation posts and checkpoints is just gaining momentum, Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev said

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ASTANA, December 21. /TASS/. Turkey is behind schedule for the deployment of observers to the de-escalation zone in Syria’s Idlib, head of the Russian delegation at the talks on Syria in Astana and Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev said on Thursday.

"We could not avoid a discussion of the current situation in the de-escalation zones both in the southeastern part and in the areas close to Eastern Ghouta, Hama and, most importantly, Idlib, where the situation is the most difficult at the moment," Lavrentiev said. "The deployment of observation posts and checkpoints is just gaining momentum. Our Turkish counterparts are behind the schedule agreed on at the bilateral and trilateral levels."

According to Lavrentiev, the Russian, Turkish and Iranian delegations discussed a wide array of issues at the consultations on Thursday. "Beginning with the current situation in Syria after the defeat of the Islamic State terror group (outlawed in Russia), the tasks facing government forces in the future to rout other terror groups, which are still operating in Syria. What we need to do, what steps should be taken, including to build up confidence between the conflicting parties," he said.

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