Maria Zakharova: Washington’s Policies in Syria Lead the World to the Edge of the Abyss, September 13. /TASS/. US actions in Syria are leading the world to the brink of an abyss, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Thursday.

“We see the current events involving Syria as an attempt by the Americans to test a new mechanism of maintaining their own world supremacy,” she said. “Its gist is to create some kind of strike coalition of the leading western powers with the aim to demonstrate force and determination to press for military solutions of problems emerging in this or that part of the world.”

Zakharova said that “a policy like this undermines the existing world order, which has up to now relied on the UN Charter.”

“Its aggressive nature is obvious. It is our deep conviction that this approach capable of putting the world on the brink of an abyss, is a dangerous challenge not only for Syria,” she said.

“It is necessary to resist it (such an approach by the United States),” Zakharova said. “It should be done in the most resolute way through pooling efforts by all reasonably minded members of the international community.”

Terrorists gearing up for long-term defensive in Syria’s Idlib

MOSCOW, September 13. /TASS/. Terrorists active in the Syrian province of Idlib are getting ready for a long-term defensive, eliminating militants willing to join the ceasefire, and are also making preparations for an offensive against the cities of Aleppo and Hama, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

“Tensions have been rising in Syria and around it. The situation on the ground is the most complicated in the province of Idlib, where tensions are escalating because of a great number of active terrorists,” she said. “Militants are centralizing efforts to prepare for a long-term offensive, eliminating the leaders of opposition units and getting ready for offensives against the cities of Aleppo and Hama,” Zakharova added.

Situation in Idlib

Idlib is the only Syrian province still controlled by illegal armed groups. In 2017, a de-escalation zone was established in the region, where militants reluctant to lay down their arms can move together with their families. According to United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura, Idlib currently hosts about 10,000 militants from the Jabhat al-Nusra and Al-Qaeda terror groups (both outlawed in Russia).

In case Damascus succeeds in restoring control over Idlib, it will bring large-scale military activities in Syria to an end.