«Tiger forces» entered Sarakib
Reporters of ANNA News report from Syria: the 25th division of the Syrian army regained control over the city of Serakib during the night time. It was noted that the city is still not safe since the Turkish artillery is still firing — they adjust their fire with via drones. ‘Al Mayadeen’ TV reports that as a result of the fierce battles with terrorists — the Syrian army liberated several settlements in the east of the Idlib province. It was noted that the Syrian troops managed to move even closer to the city of Eriha, which is located on the highway between the city of Serakib and the mountain pass Jisr-es-Sugur, towards Latakia.
The Iranian ambassador to Russia, Kazem Jalali, during a meeting with the chairman of the Russian Committee of the Federal Council on the Foreign Affairs — Konstantin Kosachev — said that during a telephone conversation, the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, invited the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, to hold the next summit in the ‘Astana format’ in Iran. The conversation between the presidents of the two countries took place a few days ago. The Iranian ambassador underlined the success of the Astana format, and he urged the participants to «stick to this format, and continue the cooperation within the framework.»
‘Al Ekhbariya’ TV reported that on Tuesday the Libyan Embassy in Damascus officially resumed their activity. It was reported that the delegation of the Libyan interim government from Benghazi, and the deputy head of the Syrian Foreign Ministry, Faisal Mekdad, took part in the ceremony of the raising of the flag over the diplomatic mission in the metropolitan area of Abu Rumman.
The Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that the Turkish forces shot down an L-39 aircraft of the Syrian armed forces. The Syrian mass media reported about an attack on their Air Force plane in the Idlib province, but they didn’t specify if the plane was shot down. «One of our aircraft that participated in the military operation against the terrorists in Idlib was attacked by the Turkish forces» — the ‘Surya’ TV reported.
The Kremlin’s press service announced that on 5th of March the Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to “discuss the Syrian settlement while taking into account the current escalation in the Idlib de-escalation zone” with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who will pay a working visit to Russia. Dmitry Peskov said that Russia believes that Moscow and Ankara are able to minimize the risk of a mutual confrontation between the armed forces in Idlib. Dmitry Peskov added that the meeting of the presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran — Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Hassan Rouhani — are being considered, but the schedules of the presidents have not yet been agreed upon.
The spokesman of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, said that Russia rejects the allegations against the Russian troops, written in the report of the independent UN commission, made to investigate the human rights violations in Syria. Dmitry Peskov underlined that these accusations were made “literally a day or two after the terrorists in Idlib launched their offensive operation against the Syrian forces. Obviously, no commission could receive any reliable information about what is happening ‘on the ground’, and of course — nothing is being said about the offensive actions of the terrorist groups. This makes any judgments of this commission one-sided, to say the least.» — Dmitry Peskov explained. Constantine Reztsov, specially for ANNA NEWS.