Moscow hopes the Syrian opposition will fight against terrorism in Syria more actively, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday.
An advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the six-year war is nearly over as foreign states cut backing for rebels, and vowed the government would confront any “illegitimate” forces, whether Turkish or American.
Foreign and Expatriates Ministry called on UN Security Council to assume its responsibilities in keeping the international peace and security and halting the crimes of the international coalition led by the United States against the innocent Syrian civilians.
Russia and Brazil have supported early political solution of the Syrian armed conflict, the Statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Brazilian President Michel Temer says.
US and Russian officials reportedly have quietly stepped up contacts in recent weeks to try to advance a deal on the creation of a safe zone in southern Syria.
The European Union extended its restrictive measures against the Syrian regime until 1 June 2018, a decision in line with the EU strategy on Syria which states that the EU will maintain its restrictive measures the regime and its supporters as long as the repression of civilians continues.
Russian Minister of Defense Sergei Shoigu underlined the presence of constructive coordination with Israel to reduce tensions in south Syria, stressing that the priority was to draft a new Syrian constitution during the upcoming Astana meetings.
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.
Syrian opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) has provided a written reply to the proposal of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura on creation of a consultative mechanism for constitutional matters, criticizing almost every point of the envoy’s paper and requiring clarifications.