Moscow notices positive military and political developments in Syria
Moscow notes stronger positive dynamics in the military and political situation in Syria, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.
"We are glad to note stronger positive dynamics in the development of the military and political situation in the Syrian Arab Republic", the spokeswoman said.
"This is a direct consequence of the implementation of the memorandum signed in Astana on May 4 by representatives of Russia, Iran and Turkey on creating de-escalation zones in Syria", the Russian diplomat said.
The Syrian army is successfully conducting combat operations in various provinces of the country, Zakharova said.
"The government forces are expanding the scope of their operation against militants of the Islamic State [terrorist grouping outlawed in Russia] in the east of the province of Aleppo and measures are continuing to eliminate terrorist groupings holding a whole number of areas in east Guta, and in the east of the province of Hama the militants are subjecting the city of Salamiyah to massive artillery bombardments", the Russian diplomat said.
"The terrorists are putting up fierce resistance to army units and trying to counter-attack, mining roads, infrastructure facilities, transport means and, the most horrible thing, holding demonstrative executions", the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.
The Russian diplomat also noted growing contradictions and clashes among terrorist groups.
"As the Syrian armed forces are conducting active offensive operations, contradictions are exacerbating among terrorist groupings themselves", the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.