March 3, 2020 / 12:30 PM / a month ago

Russia will not stop fighting terrorism to solve Europe's migration crisis: Lavrov

FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, February 25, 2020. PREUTERS/Denis Balibouse

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Russia will not stop fighting terrorism in Syria’s Idlib region in order to solve Europe’s migration crisis, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday at a news conference alongside his Finnish counterpart in Helsinki.

Turkey last week said it would no longer stop Syrian refugees, displaced by the fighting in Idlib, from reaching Europe by land and sea.

A million people have been displaced since December near Turkey’s southern border, causing what the United Nations says may be the worst humanitarian crisis in nine years of war.

Reporting by Polina Devitt in Moscow and Anne Kauranen in Helsinki, Writing by Alexander Marrow in Moscow; Editing by Alison Williams

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