Syria’s President Bashar Al Assad on Sunday said that a Russia-Turkey deal for the last major rebel bastion of Idlib was a “temporary measure”, state news agency SANA reported.
“The agreement is a temporary measure through which the state has realized many achievements on the ground,” SANA reported the president as saying at a meeting of the central committee of his Baath party, Gulf News reports.
“The Russian-Turkish deal to prevent an offensive by Syrian troops to liberate Idlib is a temporary one but has served to prevent bloodshed. Threats against a Syrian offensive in Idlib, such objections were hysterical. The victory by the Syrian Army would foil the West’s aggressive plans to divide Syria.” ~ Assad
The agreement was aimed at prevention of the possible offensive of the Syrian government’s troops in the province of Idlib, which remains the last stronghold of the insurgency.The province of Idlib is the remaining hotspot of militant insurgency in Syria, with the remainder of the country under the regained control of government forces.
The Syrian civil war is far from over and now that Assad has come out and said that the agreement is only temporary, shows the world that Syria and Russia never intended on a peaceful resolution.