“Despite the success notched up in the fight against international terrorism on the Syrian soil, the situation there is far from being stable,” Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing in Moscow on Thursday.
“The terrorist groups of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and [so-called] Guardians of Religion Organization have entrenched themselves in Idlib province. The activities of these outfits have been partially restrained as a result of deployment of Turkish forces in Idlib de-escalation zone and joint Russian-Turkish patrols on the M4 highway at the section between [the cities of] Saraqib and Jisr al-Shughur,” she added.
“Ankara is, nevertheless, delaying to honor its commitments under the latest Turkish-Russian deal concluded on March 5,” the diplomat pointed out.
“The purge of the remaining pockets of Daesh [Takfiri terrorist group], which regularly reemerge on both banks of the Euphrates River, is underway. However, terrorists avail themselves of enclaves within a radius of 55 kilometers around the illegal US military base in al-Tanf region as well as US-occupied and oil-rich Trans-Euphrates area. Syrian government authorities are still unable to access these areas of the country, and run basic services,” Zakharova said.