Lavrov: Russia, France both fear that terrorists leaving Syria will end up abroad

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September 9, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on Friday that Moscow and Paris share the same fear that terrorists leaving Syria will end up in other countries.

“We share France’s concern over the possibility that terrorists may flee from Syria to Europe, Asia or Russia, and start stirring up new threats,” he said. “Terrorists must be obliterated, none should be allowed to escape,” the Russian top diplomat added.

Lavrov also explained that both France and Russia share the sentiment that there is progress in negotiating a Syrian peace deal. 

“We feel there are signs of a rather tangible progress. Three de-escalation zones are 

operating – in southwest, in Eastern Ghouta and in the north of the Homs Governorate,” the Russian foreign minister said.

“On September 13-15, the sixth round of Syrian peace talks will be held in Astana at which we expect to agree on the fourth de-escalation zone in Idlib. It is the most complicated, so its coordination takes up so much time,” he added. 

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