De-Escalation Zones May Include Homs In Syria

The Russian announcement of the de-escalation zones in Syria is moving at an accelerating pace, with the statement about two new areas in two weeks. Moscow announced de-escalation zones in the southwest of Syria, including the provinces of Suwayda, Daraa and Quneitra. Before the details of the agreement of the declared de-escalation zones were revealed, … Continue reading De-Escalation Zones May Include Homs In Syria

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Acceptance of Assad Is Key To Syria Talks

UN-led Syria talks have a chance of making progress because demands for the overthrow of President Bashar al-Assad have receded, Russia's ambassador in Geneva. The seventh round of talks, which ended on Friday, had produced positive results, especially a "correction" in the approach of the main opposition delegation, the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee, he said. … Continue reading Acceptance of Assad Is Key To Syria Talks

Russia: Kurds Must Be Included In Intra-Syrian Talks

A senior Russian official said Kurds should be included in the intra-Syrian peace talks that will resume in Geneva in September this year. The Kurds need to be incorporated in the Syrian opposition delegation at the intra-Syrian talks in Geneva as an important political and military force, as well as a part of the Syrian … Continue reading Russia: Kurds Must Be Included In Intra-Syrian Talks

Iran, Turkey Getting Closer On Syria: Spokesman

Backing opposing sides in the Syrian conflict, Iran and Turkey are now in a “better position” vis-à-vis the creation of de-escalation zones in the embattled country, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said. Referring to the unannounced June 7 visit by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to Turkey, Bahram Qassemi said: “In addition to bilateral subjects, the … Continue reading Iran, Turkey Getting Closer On Syria: Spokesman

Macron Warns of Syria ‘Red line’ After Talks With Putin

French President Emmanuel Macron warned on Monday that there would be an “immediate response” to any use of chemical weapons in Syria, after holding his first face-to-face talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Speaking at a tense press conference in Versailles alongside Mr Putin, Mr Macron said they had a “frank exchange”, which covered … Continue reading Macron Warns of Syria ‘Red line’ After Talks With Putin

Russia Notes ‘Unprecedented’ Teamwork With China Concerning Syrian Settlement

Russia's cooperation with China on Syria is unprecedented and Moscow hopes Beijing continues facilitating the crisis settlement process, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said Monday. "Our cooperation with China on Syria at various international venues is unprecedented," Morgulov said at a forum on Russia-China bilateral relations. "We hope that the Chinese partners will continue … Continue reading Russia Notes ‘Unprecedented’ Teamwork With China Concerning Syrian Settlement

Russia Expects Safe Zone Security Corridors Provisions to Be Approved in Astana

Russia expects to consolidate provisions on security corridors at the established de-escalation zones in Syria in Astana next month, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said. Speaking at a government hour session in the upper house, the minister expressed hope that issues and mechanisms of adopting Syria's future constitution would also be discussed in Astana. "We very … Continue reading Russia Expects Safe Zone Security Corridors Provisions to Be Approved in Astana