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Deal on Syria's Idleb Demilitarized Zone Adhered to: Lavrov

MOSCOW- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has stressed that eliminating terrorist threat in Syria is a priority, pointing out that Sochi agreement on Idleb  is being implemented.  

The agreement reached in Sochi by the Russian and Turkish Presidents on setting up a demilitarized zone in Syria’s Idlib Governorate are being complied with, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Wednesday, according to Itar Tass.

 "These agreements on setting up a demilitarized zone in the Idlib de-escalation zone are being complied with," he said. "Our information confirms that this process is progressive," Lavrov stated.

He recalled that the demilitarized zone should be fully operational by October 15, adding that a delay of one or two days makes no difference. "The quality of that work is far more important," the minister stressed.

According to the agreement on demilitarized zone in Idleb, militants must withdraw their heavy weapons from there, while the zone itself will by controlled by Russian and Turkish military patrols.

Moscow Double-Checking Reports of Weapons Pullout From Idlib by Militants

Meantime, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday that Moscow is double-checking reports on the complete withdrawal of heavy weaponry by militants from Syria's Idlib, according to Sputnik.

"Yesterday, October 9, Turkish media reported that the pullout of heavy weapons took place, we are now verifying this information through our experts," Zakharova told a briefing, adding that to date, "over 1,000 militants have left the demilitarized zone, and about 100 pieces of equipment have been withdrawn."

The Anadolu news agency earlier reported that the armed groups completed on Monday withdrawing heavy weapons from the contact line in the area.

Idlib is the last major stronghold of terrorists in Syria.