Idlib demilitarized zone is free of heavy weapons: Turkish MoD
The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced the end of the heavy weapons withdrawal from the Idlib demilitarized zone that concluded in Sochi agreement.
“The withdrawal of heavy weapons from the demilitarized zone is completed on 10 October” the ministry said Wednesday in a statement.
“We continue our activities in the region under the agreement to establish lasting peace in Idlib,” the ministry said.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that “more than a thousand militants left the demilitarized zone in Idlib and withdrew about 100 units of combat technical.”
“On October 9 Turkish media reported the withdrawal of heavy weapons, and we are now making sure this information through our experts.”
The Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today that he does not rule out the delay in the formation of the demilitarized zone in Syria for a day or two.
“These agreements are being implemented, the key role is played by our Turkish partners, who are making efforts to cooperate with the groups present there with this task,” Lavrov told a news conference. “Our conference confirms that this process is progressing steadily enough.”