“The authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic, with the assistance of the Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Warring Parties, have prepared for opening checkpoints in the area of ​​the settlements of Saraqib, Miznas, and Abu Azeidin for the unhindered movement of the population across the borders of the Idlib de-escalation zone,” Sytnik said.

Sytnik noted that the checkpoints would be opened in connection with large number of requests from residents of settlements in the Idlib de-escalation zone about the lack of qualified medical care and dire social and economic situation provoked by US sanctions.

The Idlib de-escalation zone was established by Russia, Turkey, and Iran in 2017.

Syria has been experiencing a period of instability since 2011, with President Bashar Assad’s government fighting a number of opposition groups and terrorist organizations. As of now, the country’s authorities have been primarily focusing on the political settlement of the ongoing crisis and the return of refugees.