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Kremlin Rebuffs Trump on Syria, Says Military Action in Idlib is Justified


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Mon, 03 Jun 2019 16:00 GMT

On Monday, June 3rd the Kremlin rejected criticism by President Trump of Russian and Syrian government military action in Syria's rebel-held Idlib province, saying it was needed to shut down rebel attacks being launched from there. Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that the militants were using Idlib as a base to launch attacks against civilian and military targets, something he called unacceptable. "Of course strikes by militants from Idlib are unacceptable and measures are being taken to neutralise these strike positions," Peskov added.

Trump urged Russian and Syrian government forces on Sunday, June 2nd to stop bombing Idlib, following a May 31st Kremlin statement that signalled Moscow would continue to back a month-long Syrian government offensive there, Reuters has reported.

Peskov pointed out that Turkey bore responsibility for ensuring such attacks from Idlib did not happen under a deal reached between Russia and Turkey in September. The Syrian offensive has strained that agreement, which created a demilitarised zone in Idlib and called for it to be free of all heavy weapons and jihadist fighters.

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