Russia’s foreign minister said the Syrian government had every right to chase “terrorists” out of the militants-held Syrian enclave of Idlib.
He added that talks were ongoing to set up humanitarian corridors there, RIA and Interfax news agencies reported.
Sergei Lavrov said communication between Russia and the United States on Syria was happening in real time, and Russia had no plans to hide its actions there.
On Thursday and during his official visit to Moscow, Syrian’s foreign minister said that government forces will “go all the way” in the northern region of Idlib and that Damascus’s main targets were al-Nusra militants.
Minister Walid al-Moualem, speaking after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergie Lavrov in Moscow, also said Syria would not use chemical weapons in any offensive and that it did not have such weapons. Syria would try to avoid civilian deaths, he added.
For his part, the UN’s Syria peace envoy offered on Thursday to travel to Idlib to help ensure civilians can leave through a humanitarian corridor amid fears of an imminent government offensive to retake the last major region controlled by rebels.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend a three-way summit in Tehran on September, 7, with the leaders of Turkey and Iran, his spokesman said on Friday.