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Moscow calls on Turkey to give up idea of creating "security zones" in Syria

March 24, 17:44 UTC+3
The prime minister of Turkey tried to promote Ankara’s controversial initiatives to establish the so-called security zones in the territory of the sovereign Syrian state
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MOSCOW, March 24. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday that Turkey should abandon its attempts to push for establishment of the so-called security zones in Syria.

"Speaking about the Syrian process, we are proceeding from the necessity for all members of the international community to comply with the key agreements on that issue, including UN Security Council Resolution 2254, statements by the International Syria Support Group, and of course the Geneva Communique of 2012," Zakharova said.

"As well as to give up any steps going beyond the frames of settlement parameters approved by the UN Security Council," she said.

"The prime minister of Turkey, while commenting on the results of the EU-Russia summit, tried to promote Ankara’s controversial initiatives to establish in the territory of the sovereign Syrian state the so-called security zones," Zakharova said.

"He actually presented the idea as a solved issue and as the most important element of collective efforts to achieve a viable and long-term settlement of the migration crisis," she said.

"We would like to underscore that such zones have never been an element of international efforts to solve the migration problem," Zakharova said. "The Turkish leadership should abandon attempts to promote the initiative, all the more so without the consent of the legitimate government of Syria and the UN Security Council."

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