Oct 28, 2018, 12:01 AM
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Putin:Russia to help Damascus contain terror threat in Idlib

Tehran, Oct 28, IRNA - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday his country will take active steps if terrorists use the Idlib demilitarized zone as a cover to launch attacks on the rest of Syria.

'Should radicals … launch armed provocations from the Idlib zone, Russia reserves the right to give active assistance to the Syrian government in liquidating this source of terrorist threat,' the Russian President vowed during a summit on Syria in Istanbul, according to Sputnik news agency.

He also proposed an initiative to hold an international conference to solve the problem of Syrian refugees.

'We offered partners to support the Russian initiative of convening an international conference on Syrian refugees. We understand what is linked to this issue, we understand the problems, but if we don't work together, we won't achieve any results,' Putin said following the quadrilateral talks on the Syrian settlement.

According to the Russian president, the parties agreed to broaden the concept of 'humanitarian aid' and to understand it as 'supply of medical equipment, medicines, restoration of infrastructure and water supply.'
Addressing the upcoming setup of the Syrian constitutional committee, Putin said that constitutional reform would strengthen statehood and unite the Syrian society.

'First of all, it is necessary to ensure the launch of the activities of the constitutional committee in Geneva, which is intended to consider the fundamental issues of the future state system of Syria. At the same time, decisions taken at the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi should be taken into account,' he said after talks with the leaders of Turkey, France, and Germany in Istanbul.
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