The senior Russian diplomat reiterated Moscow’s call for establishing a “platform” to discuss the problems of the MENA region, according to the Middle East Monitor.
Referring to the situation in Syria’s Idlib, Nebenzya clarified that “this situation cannot remain stagnant forever. It should be addressed instead. We have recently intensified our contacts with our Turkish partners in de-escalation zones in Idlib. We are fully aware that Idlib is home to many civilians, including those displaced from all over Syria. We know that they are suffering under the rule of the terrorists and wishing to break free from tyranny. Civilians should not just be collateral damage to a legitimate war waged against terrorists.”
“Iran is part of the region and not a foreign entity. It has legitimate interests outside national borders. In addition to other things, Iran aims to guarantee its national security,” he continued.
Washington’s recent speeches and moves, including the withdrawal from the nuclear agreement signed with Iran and the introduction of large-scale sanctions only serve to increase the risks of escalating tensions in the region, he explained.
Iran, Russia and Turkey have been the guarantors of a peace process in Syria for over two years since the first round of Astana talks.