Kremlin Positively Assesses Course of Syrian Settlement - Peskov
In general, Moscow is satisfied with the way Syria’s de-escalation zones are being established, Press secretary of the Russian president Dmitry Peskov said.
"Positive dynamics is observed in the areas where these zones have begun operating. Work on two more de-escalation zones is to be continued. We see the situation in a positive light", he said.
At the same time, Peskov stressed that there are difficulties in this work.
On May 4, Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed to set up four de-escalation zones in Syria. Under a memorandum signed at the talks in Astana, these four zones include the Idlib province and some areas in the neighboring provinces (Aleppo, Latakia and Hama), an area north of Homs, the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta, and two provinces in southern Syria – Daraa and Quneitra. The agreement envisages a ban on combat operations, including flights by military aircraft. The memorandum will be in effect for six months and can be extended automatically for the same period of time.