Russia expresses hope Turkey can stabilise situation in Syria's Idlib province amid high terror threat

Turkish army diggers and armoured vehicles in the area of Darret Ezza in the northern Syrian Aleppo province near the Turkish border on Oct 30, 2017.
Turkish army diggers and armoured vehicles in the area of Darret Ezza in the northern Syrian Aleppo province near the Turkish border on Oct 30, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russia hopes that Turkey can stabilise the situation in Syria's Idlib Province, where Moscow believes there is a high threat of attacks by militants, a senior Russian diplomat said on Monday (Oct 30), the RIA news agency reported.

"There is a pretty high level of tension there and there is still a threat of offensives by radical groups deployed there,"the agency cited Mr Alexander Lavrentyev, the head of the Russian delegation at the Astana talks on the Syria crisis, as saying.

"But we hope that our Turkish partners will in the end fulfil their part of the obligations concerning the Idlib de-escalation zone and will stabilise the situation there."