PUTIN DISCUSSES DE-ESCALATION ZONES IN SYRIA WITH RUSSIA’S SECURITY COUNCIL

Moscow, – Russian President Vladimir Putin has discussed issues concerning the Syrian crisis, particularly the setup of de-escalation zones, with the permanent members of the national Security Council.

The Kremlin press service said in a statement that Putin discussed with Russian military leaders the settlement of the Syrian crisis on the background of the agreement to establish de-escalation zones in Syria, reached on Thursday in the Kazakh capital Astana.

In a related context, Moscow announced that its Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will discuss the de-escalation zones in Syria with his US counterpart Rex Tillerson later this month.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said that Lavrov and Tillerson would discuss the memorandum signed within the framework of the Astana negotiations on the establishment of four de-escalation zones in Syria, during their planned meeting on the sidelines of the Arctic Council meeting in Alaska on May 10 and 11. He pointed out that the possible role of the United States in monitoring the ceasefire should be the subject of consultations at the experts and military levels.

On Thursday, May 4, Russia, Turkey and Iran, the Syrian ceasefire guarantor states, signed in Astana a memorandum on the establishment of four de-escalation zones in Syria. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency