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Envoy: Russia Fighting Terrorists in Syria Not to Secure a Foothold in Region.

TEHRAN (FNA)- Russia's Special Presidential Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev said in an interview on Saturday that Moscow seeks to restore peace, and not to gain influence in the region, by carrying out an operation in Syria.

"I want to stress it again that what we are doing now, the Russian side, we are not pursuing any strategical goals to secure a foothold in the region [in Syria]," Lavrentiev told the Rossiya 24 broadcaster.

Moscow is conducting the operation in Syria not to consolidate its position in the Middle East, but to eliminate terrorist groups, which are potentially dangerous for Russia, Lavrentiev said.

Lavrentiev added that Russian observers had been stationed in the de-escalation zonesin Syria's Eastern Ghouta and to the North of the Homs province.

Speaking about the fourth de-escalation zone in the Syrian province of Idlib, the official stressed that military police units or affiliated troops of the Turkish and Iranian Armed Forces will take part in observing the ceasefire in the province.

Lavrientev added that the details of the deployment process and the positions of the observation posts will be defined in the near future at the expert level.

Moscow hopes that the ceasefire regime in conflict-torn Syria will become impossible to reverse, the official noted, adding that the Syrian opposition sees Russia as a partner ready for a dialogue.

"We hope that the ceasefire regime will become truly irreversible," Lavrentiev said.

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Date:Sep 17, 2017
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