Sergei Lavrov: "Russia would keep bombing Idlib if need be"
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia would keep bombing the governorate of Idlib, Northern Syria if need be, but it would open safe corridors for the exit of civilians.
The Russian Interfax news agency quoted Lavrov as saying that Russia would continue to bomb military targets in Idlib governorate if needed. He added that the Russian air force would destroy what he called "terrorist weapons-making facilities in Idlib" when it observes their sites.
Lavrov said that during his visit to Berlin on Friday. He met with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas. The Russian minister added that Russia would encourage the conclusion of local reconciliation agreements and would open "safe corridors" for civilians to flee.
German Foreign Minister warned of a "major attack" planned by the Syrian government and its allies on Idlib. He stressed the need to prevent "a new humanitarian catastrophe" in Syria.
Earlier, Maas announced that Germany is ready to contribute to the reconstruction of Syria if a political solution is reached. The EU High Representative for Security and Foreign Policy, Federica Mogherini, said that they would begin preparations for Syria's reconstruction with the international community during the Brussels conference.