Turkish Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın discusses Syria with Lavrentyev

The delegations discussed the ongoing military escalation in Idlib as well as the political track to end the Syrian Civil War.

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On late Tuesday, a Turkish delegation led by Presidential Spokesperson Ibrahim Kalın met with Russia’s Special Envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev. Discussion took place on the importance of the cease-fire in the Idlib region and the need to prevent provocative attacks in the region, particularly in relation to terrorist groups such as YPG/PKK and Daesh/ISIS operating in the region.

Kalın said efforts to establish the Syrian Constitutional Committee should be intensified, alongside the need for joint steps to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

Turkey’s support to the territorial integrity of Syria and the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 2585, which extends the authorization to deliver humanitarian via the Bab al-Hawa border crossing for six months, was underlined once again. Cross-border operations will continue through Bab al Hawa until its authorization ends on July 10, 2022.

Turkey and Russia are parties of a ceasefire deal agreed in March 2020 to stop the advancement of the Russian-backed regime offensive on Idlib. The Assad regime frequently violates the ceasefire concerned to eliminate the Syrian opposition, shelling civilian facilities such as schools, hospitals, and residential areas.

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