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Russia Offers Turkey to Resume Operation of Checkpoints in Idlib, Aleppo

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19:36 GMT 23.03.2021

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has offered Turkey to resume the operation of several checkpoints in Idlib and Aleppo from March 25 due to the difficult humanitarian situation, Rear Adm. Alexander Karpov, deputy head of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties in Syria, said on Tuesday.

"In connection with the difficult humanitarian situation in the territories of the Syrian Arab Republic controlled by the Turkish armed forces, the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties sent proposals to the Turkish side to resume the work of the Seraqab and Miznaz checkpoints in the Idlib de-escalation zone and the Abu Zeidin checkpoint in the area of ‚Äč‚Äčthe settlement of al-Bab in Aleppo province," he said.

According to Karpov, it is proposed to organize the admission of humanitarian cargo and the exit of refugees from March 25.

Earlier in the day, the Turkish Foreign Ministry reportedly summoned Alexei Yerkhov, the Russian Ambassador in Ankara, over the latest developments in Syria's Idlib de-escalation zone, according to the Hurriyet newspaper.

The Turkish Ministry of Defense has blamed the Syrian military for the deaths of five civilians in the Idlib province during the strike on a hospital and for another attack on a residential area and a parking lot that reportedly injured seven people.

According to Hurriyet, Yerkhov was summoned to the Foreign Ministry building, and Ankara expressed to him its concerns over the situation in the region in light of the increased frequency of attacks. The ministry reportedly said that civilians are being targeted in these attacks that threaten stability in the de-escalation zone.

The ministry and the Russian embassy in Ankara have not yet confirmed the report.

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