Contents tagged with de-escalation zones

  • Turkey establishes new observation point in northern Syria

    The Turkish Armed Forces have established a ninth observation point in the de-escalation zone in the Idlib province in northern Syria, Anadolu reports.

    On the morning of April 7, a convoy of 100 vehicles passed through the town of Sarmada while heading towards Maarrat al-Nu’man and then towards Khan Shaykhun. The town of Morin in the north of the Hama province became the convoy’s stationing point.

    Another of the Turkish Armed Forces’ observation points is located 88 kilometers from the Syrian- …

  • Russian Defense Minister says ‘civil war in Syria has effectively ended’

    In a meeting with his Lebanese colleague Ya’qub as-Sarraf, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said that the civil war in Syria has ended, Interfax reports.

    “In Syria, having separated the ones from the others [opposition from terrorists], we have managed to create four de-escalation zones, and to effectively stop the civil war,” Shoygu noted.

    He added that the Russian military “is satisfied to watch Lebanon’s successes in the north-east of the country” in the fight against the terrorist …

  • Russian Minister of Defense: Russia formed four battalions of military police in de-escalation zones in Syria

    Four military police battalions have been formed in Syria to carry out tasks in the de-escalation zones, according to the Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu, as reported by the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service.

    "Four battalions of military police have been formed. They are currently carrying out tasks in the security belts of the de-escalation zones in the Syrian Arab Republic," Shoygu said at the Russian Defense Ministry meeting.

    According to him, the battalions have been formed …

  • Russia deploys military police in Syria to monitor the de-escalation zones

    Russia began deploying military police in Syria to monitor compliance with the ceasefire in two newly established security zones, the Russian authorities said on Monday.

    As Colonel General Sergei Rudskoy said, Russian forces deployed checkpoints and surveillance points around de-escalation zones in southwest Syria and in the East Ghouta near Damascus.

    In May, Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed on a plan to create four de-escalation zones in Syria in an attempt to resolve the six-year conflict. In …

  • Russia, Iran and Turkey failed to agree on security zones in Syria

    As reported by diplomats on Wednesday, Russia, Turkey and Iran could not come to an agreement on zones of de-escalation of violence in Syria during the talks in Kazakhstan.

    Russia and Iran, who support the Syrian President Bashar Assad, agreed to cooperate with Turkey, which provides assistance to the insurgents, in order to create four zones of "de-escalation" in the war-ravaged country.

    The country-participants of the negotiations hoped to come to an agreement by the end of August, before …

  • Russia to place military police in Syrian de-escalation zones

    As observers in the de-escalation zones in Syria, the deployment of Russian military policemen “is envisaged,” said Alexander Lavrentiev, special representative of the Russian president to Syria, at a press conference in Astana.

    At the same time he noted that it is “still complicated” to talk about the presence of Russian observers, since “it depends on the Ministry of Defense.” Lavrentiev added, “But again, this issue has not been fully agreed upon. This will concern the issue of the status …

  • Lavrov: The war in Syria is becoming very crowded

    Syria “has become very crowded on the land and in the air.”, stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, as reported by RIA Novosti.

    “Indeed, it’s very crowded on the ground and in the air. There are many participants in the fighting: there are the Syrian armed forces and the forces that are called pro-government forces, including Hezbollah, and the forces supported by the Iranians. There are also armed opposition and terrorists …

  • Russian Foreign Minister announces a new meeting on Syria in Astana

    According to RIA News, Sergey Lavrov, the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, announced that the next meeting on Syria would be held in Astana on July 10th.

    According to him, the special representative of the UN Special Envoy for Syria. Staffan de Mistura will participate in the event.

    “It was at this meeting that the parties agreed to finalize the agreement on the specific parameters of the modalities for ensuring the regime exists in the de-escalation zones …

  • Iran opposed to U.S. participating in guarding de-escalation zones in Syria

    Tehran is not in favor of the U.S. military participating in guarding de-escalation zones in Syria, said Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani.

    “No,” he said in an interview with the newspaper Kommersant in answer to a question about whether Iran would have agreed to America participating in guarding de-escalation zones.

    Shamkhani stressed that “Syria has a government, and only it can decide who has the right to be present in their territory….The Americans, who …

  • Kremlin: the US participation in the de-escalation zones in Syria is possible only with the permission of Assad’s government

    Russia's TASS news agency reported that the participation of the United States in monitoring the de-escalation zones in Syria will only be possible with the consent of Damascus, as stated by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

    "It is too early to talk about it, because, of course, all of this should be coordinated with the Syrian side, because Syria is a sovereign country, it has the leadership, so of course it is necessary to consult with them, to have their consent," he said, …