MOSCOW, August 30. /TASS/. The situation when terrorists are using Syria’s Idlib province as a staging ground for attacks on the positions of Syrian troops and Russia’s Hmeimim air base is unacceptable, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said following talks with his Syrian counterpart Walid Muallem.

“It is unacceptable when terrorists who are gathered there, first and foremost, members of the Jabhat al-Nusra terror group [outlawed in Russia – TASS], try to use this de-escalation zone to carry out attacks on the positions of the Syrian Army and target Russia’s Hmeimim air base with drones,” Lavrov said.

Strong warning to West

Moscow has sent a clear and strong warning to the West against playing with fire in the Syrian province of Idlib, according to Lavrov.

“Another provocation is being prepared in order to impede plans to carry out an anti-terrorist operation in Idlib,” he said. “Our Defense and Foreign Ministries presented facts to send a clear and strong warning to our western counterparts against playing with fire,” Lavrov added.

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