Moscow believes Ankara serious about Syrian ceasefire: Foreign Ministry

The Russian foreign ministry's spokesperson Maria Zakharova. Vilf/RIA Novosti

Moscow believes that Ankara is serious in its commitment to the ceasefire in Syria and the two sides continue bilateral discussions of any existing disagreements, Maria Zakharova, the spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said on Wednesday.

“We take as a premise that Turkey did not simply state its support for these processes that were launched, in particular, in Astana, but it took the responsibility … These are commitments that were stated and affirmed at the highest level,” Zakharova said, when asked if Ankara would be able to remain the guarantor of the ceasefire in Syria, given its disagreements with Damascus.

Zakharova added that Turkey and Russia had some differences on Syria but were holding bilateral discussions on them.

Earlier in the day, Syrian Ambassador to Russia Riyad Haddad told Sputnik that Damascus considered Turkey “one of the countries that support terrorism.” The ambassador accused Ankara of trying to create two new terrorist groups in Syria and violating Syria’s sovereignty.