No Military Action Needed In Idlib, Says Russia's Putin

Agencies (Qasioun) – The Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib was effective and no major military actions are planned in the region.


“I have every reason to believe that we will achieve our goals,” Putin said, referring to the demilitarized zone set up by Russia and Turkey in Idlib.


“And that means, no large scale military actions are expected there,” he said. “Military action for the sake of military action is unnecessary.”



Russia’s President Vladimir Putin says a deal with Turkey to set up a demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib province is being successfully implemented, making any large-scale military operations unnecessary.


The Turkey-Russia deal reached last month calls for the removal of all members of Syrian radical groups and heavy weapons from a demilitarized zone in Idlib to be established by Oct. 15. That zone will be 15-20 kilometers (9-12 miles) deep, with troops from Russia and NATO-member Turkey conducting joint patrols.


Putin said the deal is being successfully enforced with Turkey persuading the radical groups to leave the area. He added that the successful implementation of the deal means that “there will be no large-scale combat action.