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.
The UN began on Thursday preparatory meetings with participants in the discussions on Syrian crisis. Substantive discussions are to be opened on March 24 when the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura returns to Geneva as Deputy Special Envoy Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy said.
Syrian government and rebel delegations have confirmed their attendance at peace talks set to resume in Geneva this week, the United Nations said Tuesday, despite renewed fighting around Damascus.
The first day of the third round of the settlement negotiations between the Syrian government and armed opposition groups has been overshadowed by the decision of opposition not to participate in the talks, making it harder to complete a map of terrorists’ presence in Syria.
Russia, Turkey and Iran are pressing ahead with a fresh round of Syria talks in Kazakhstan, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said on Monday, as an opposition delegation spokesman said that Syrian rebel factions will not attend the new round of negotiations.
Russian and Turkish presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan will discuss Syrian settlement during their upcoming meeting at the end of the week, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.