The hotbed of terrorism in Idlib must be eliminated as terrorists can not remain there, the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.
During a press conference with Serbian counterpart Ivica Dacic in Moscow, Lavrov stressed the need to eliminate terrorists in Idlib province and to find a political solution for the crisis in Syria based on the US resolution no. 2254.
Throughout much of the Syrian civil war, Idlib province has served as a relocation point for Syrian opposition fighters and rebel groups defeated militarily by the Syrian Army in other parts of the country with estimation of more than 100,000 militants in Idlib.
Sources said that the Syrian army supported by the Russian forces are preparing to launch a wide-scale military offensive against terrorists in northern Syria in bid to drive militants out of the 20km de-escalation zone based on Turkey-Russia agreement.