Russia Proposes New Syrian Peace Talks in Astana on July 4

Russia has proposed July 4 as the start of a two-day round of Syria peace talks in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.

“We suggested these dates and it seems as if everyone has welcomed then,” Russian deputy foreign minister Mikhail Bogdanov said Saturday.

Russia, Turkey and Iran, who back opposing sides in Syria’s brutal civil war, have brokered several rounds of peace talks in Astana this year, bringing together the Syrian government and rebel forces.

The July round of negotiations is expected to finalize details of so-called “safe zones” to be set-up in Syria.

Bogdanov said that Russia also expects progress to be made on Syria at a July 7 G20 summit in Germany.







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