Turkey summons Russian, Iranian ambassadors over Syria cease-fire violations

ANKARA, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Turkish Foreign Ministry on Tuesday summoned the ambassadors of Russiaand Iranto protest the Syriagovernment's violations of de-escalation zone borders in Idlib.

According to Anadolu agency, the ministry expressed Turkey's "discomfort" on Idlib situation to Russian ambassador Alexei Yerkhov and Iranian ambassador Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard, asking them to urge the Syrian government to end the border violations.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused Syria's Assad government of launching attacks on moderate opposition in Idlib, which "could damage the process of political resolution."

The minister's comments came a day after Syrian government forces captured several towns and advanced closer to an opposition-held air base in the northwestern province of Idlib, following intense battles with the al-Qaida-linked militant groups.

As agreed in Astana talks by Turkey, Russia and Iran, Turkish military is currently deployed in Idlib to set up observation posts and monitor the implementation of de-escalation zones.

[ Editor: meng ]


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