Russia to restore Syria air coordination with US

Miranda GreerMay 06, 2017

Syrian regime allies Russian Federation and Iran and rebel supporter Turkey on Thursday signed a memorandum on a Moscow-backed plan to create safe zones in Syria to bolster a fragile truce.

Yet, the de-escalation zones agreement was not signed by the Syrian government, nor the opposition.

According to the accord, checkpoints will ensure the safe flow of humanitarian aid and provide secure passage for civilians.

The first and the largest safe zone in northern Syria will include the Idlib province and adjoining districts of Latakia, Aleppo and Hama.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, as he leaves after their meeting in Putin's residence in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

The Russian president claims he can enable the ceasefire brokered in Astana some weeks ago, which now is an abject failure, by creating no-fly zones with the Russian, Turkish, Iranian and United States militaries protecting safe zones on the ground.

He is in Astana as an observer to the latest round of the Astana talks aimed to bolster the ceasefire regime brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran in late December 2016.

Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said that next Syria peace talks would be held in Astana in mid-July.

Under the agreement, the Syrian government and the Russians would cease flying over the zones for six months unless there are what Russian representative Alexander Lavrentyev described as "attempts to destabilize the situation". Observation points will monitor the cease-fire in the region.

Russia, Turkey and Iran are to enforce the zones, but Russian general staff official Sergei Rudskoi said that other countries could participate. He spoke at a press conference shortly after delegations of the three sponsor nations signed the agreement in the presence of de Mistura.

Ten days after signing the memorandum, the guarantor states will establish a joint working group, in particular for designating the borders of de-escalation and security zones. Washington, in particular, took part in discussing them in Astana and then hailed the memorandum.

Under the plan, Damascus and the militant groups, which are party to the Syria-wide truce, will stop all clashes and the use of any kinds of weapons in the security zones.

Russia, Turkey and Iran act as guarantors of the Astana peace process.

SDF has been on the offensive in Tabqa since mid-April.

Related Articles:



« Previous article
Next article »


Popular Pages

McDonald's rolls out the 'frork,' a utensil made of fries
McDonald's is touting a new french fry-centric utensil — the " frork " — as part of a campaign to promote its new line of burgers. The products range in price from $4.99 to $5.19.

Trump to spend Day 100 in office talking tough on trade
Trump demanded comedians refrain from joking about the size of his bank account at a Comedy Central roast aired in March 2011. After serving as commander in chief for 100 days, his achievements, as well as shortfalls, were being closely scrutinized.

Promises on jobs, affordability continue to dominate BC election campaign
Higgins says she is now laying low. "I grew up playing lacrosse so I can take it", he said of the jabs on social media. He posted their photo on Facebook, triggering the Liberals' conspiracy theory that she was an NDP stooge.

US businesses added solid 177000 jobs in April
The government doesn't break out hiring by company size , but it will give some indication of how small businesses are faring. Growth was just 0.7 percent at an annual rate in the first quarter, and auto sales slumped last month.

Iowa Gov. Branstad plans to sign fireworks bill
Governor Terry Branstad plans to sign the Republican-led legislature's 20-week abortion ban into law tomorrow. The justices have given attorneys until noon on Monday to present legal briefs on the matter.

How CBI trapped this Income Tax commissioner in a corruption case
The payment, CBI found, was meant to be handed over to Prasad at his Vishakapatnam residence at an "opportune moment". The arrested were produced before a CBI special court in Visakhapatnam to seek custody on Wednesday.

Sales tax creditors kick off likely wave of lawsuits against Puerto Rico
The legal proceeding does not mean negotiations toward a compromise must stop, Governor Rossello said in a statement on Wednesday. If that's the case, Puerto Rico's bankruptcy would be almost five times bigger than Detroit's, which set a record in 2013.

U.S. negotiators reach deal on government funding
And to learn more about it and the politics that go with it, we are going to talk to NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis. Trump abruptly halted an interview with CBS News after being pressed on his wiretapping allegations against Barack Obama .

Richmond NASCAR: Joey Logano comes from last to lead Penske one-two
Joey Logano nabbed his first victory of the season, holding off Team Penske teammate Brad Keselowski by about 10 vehicle lengths. That followed a second-place finish at RIR in the fall, a huge improvement over his previous best of 11th.

West Indies slump late on day four in second test against Pakistan
Hope and Roston Chase kept the runs flowing with a 58-run stand before Chase was caught and bowled by Yasir for 23. The reproduction of the story/photograph in any form will be liable for legal action.