Statement by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on the situation in Syria

The immediate threat of a large-scale military offensive against Idlib now, seems to be over. This hopefully means that an unprecedented humanitarian disaster has been averted. This comes after Russia and Turkey have agreed to establish a demilitarised zone. The detailed contents of the agreement remain unclear. 

In the United Nations Security Council, Sweden has been pushing for a ceasefire, the protection of civilians and respect for international humanitarian law. We will continue our efforts in the Security Council and in the EU to prevent a military offensive and avoid any disastrous developments. What is now required is full respect for international law and the understanding that only a political solution can create sustainable peace.