BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:30 P.M.) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that reports of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) ramping up for an offensive in Idlib with the support of Russian troops is an “unscrupulous representation of facts.” He made the statement during a plenary meeting alongside top German and Russian officials in Berlin on Friday.
“What is being passed for an offensive by the Syrian Arab Army with the support of Russian troops is an unscrupulous representation of the facts,” Lavrov said.
According to the Russian foreign minister, the Syrian and Russian troops “only react to the forays coming from the Idlib area.”
He went on to say that “the fact that they are just people who have settled in Idlib, like in a fortress, and want a truce – it’s not true. From there they actively carry out military operations, using the support they somehow receive from abroad.”
During his visit to Berlin, Lavrov is expected to meet with his German counterpart Heiko Maas.
Russia’s top diplomat will also take part in the closing ceremony of the Russo-German cross-cultural year.