Russia: US airstrikes on Idlib puts ceasefire at risk

This picture taken on August 23, 2019 shows a smoke plume billowing from bombardment near the town of Maar Hitat in Syria's northern Idlib province. (AFP)

The Russian military said on Sunday that the United States had carried out airstrikes in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone in breach of previous agreements, inflicting numerous casualties and endangering a ceasefire, Russian news agencies reported.

TASS news agency, citing the Russian Defense Ministry, said the United States had forewarned neither Russia nor Turkey about the strikes. It added that Russian and Syrian warplanes had not carried out raids in the region recently.

The ministry had said on Friday that Syrian government forces would carry out a unilateral ceasefire in the de-escalation zone in Idlib region on Saturday morning.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54