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Kremlin warns ‘quasi-states’ may emerge in Syria

The Kremlin says ‘quasi-state’ formations in Syria pose a threat to the region

MOSCOW, December 3. /TASS/. Moscow denounces all measures that could lead to an emergence of the so-called ‘quasi-state’ formations in Syria since they pose a threat of an total destabilization of the region, Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.

"We are absolutely against all measures on the territory of Syria that could lead to an emergence of ‘quasi-state’ formations, which could subsequently damage the territorial integrity of Syria," Peskov said speaking at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).

"Such measures would lead to an absolute destabilization of the whole region," Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said.

Peskov also said that the formation of the demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib "is now bit more complicated than it seemed before."

"The things are now more complicated than we thought of them before," Peskov said as he commented on the developments in the region and added about continued attacks of militants.

"This issue was discussed between the Russian president and President [of Turkey Recep Tayyip] Erdogan a day ago," Peskov said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced earlier that the leaders of Russia and Turkey agreed during their meeting in Buenos Aires over the weekend on the sidelines of the G20 summit on steps to implement accords on Syria’s Idlib demilitarized zone.

Demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib

The process of the establishment of a demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib has turned out to be "somewhat more difficult than it seemed," he said. 

"The situation is somewhat more difficult than it seemed," he said describing the development in that governorate, with continuing shelling attacks by militants.

"This topic was addressed at the president’s [Vladimir Putin’s] meeting with [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan a day ago," he said, adding that Turkey is scrupulously fulfilling its liabilities in Idlib.