Moscow ready for new participants to join Astana process

Yesterday, the Syrian government troops established full control of the Jabal al-Tar strategic heights over Palmyra. The operation to seize Palmyra was carried out with the support of the Russian air task force. A year ago, the Syrian troops liberated the city, but in December 2016, Palmyra was recaptured by extremists. The intra-Syrian talks under UN auspices that resumed on February 23 are ongoing in Geneva, but after the first several days of intra-Syrian dialogue, the Russian government says with regret that there are still question marks the willingness of Syrian opposition representatives to negotiate an agreement. 

According to the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, the so-called High Negotiations Committee of Riyadh is refusing to engage with the Moscow and Cairo platforms, effectively sabotaging comprehensive dialogue both with the Syrian Government delegation and with different opposition groups. Meanwhile, Moscow is committed to advancing the Astana process, which was originally meant to support the Geneva negotiating process. "We are ready for new participants to join this track, including Syrian armed opposition groups that wield real influence on the ground and will be willing to make a constructive contribution to the Syria peace process," Zakharova said.

According to her, at present, the military and political situation in Syria remains tense. Over the past several days, terrorist groups have carried out a series of major terrorist attacks and provocations. On February 24, ISIS militants, in retaliation for the loss of al-Bab, detonated a car bomb outside the Free Syrian Army headquarters in the village of Sousian, Aleppo Province, eight kilometres from the city, killing about 80 people. On February 24, an ISIS rocket and mortar attack disabled the Ebla gas plant in the east of Homs Province that supplied fuel to local thermal power plants. As a result, the local authorities had to significantly extend the duration of rolling outages in Damascus and other major cities. On February 25, six Jabhat al-Nusra suicide bombers almost simultaneously blew themselves in the city of Homs, in the Mahatta and Ghouta districts near Syrian special services buildings, killing over 50 and seriously injuring about 30.

The Syrian armed forces are continuing the counterterrorist operation in al-Kabun, eastern Damascus, and the adjacent district of Tishreen. The Syrian military are determined to take out the al-Nusra militants who have entrenched themselves there, regularly shelling Damascus from their positions. The campaign also aims to destroy the extensive network of tunnels leading to eastern Ghouta that terrorists use to supply ammunition and reinforcements. 

2025 views

Read on the subject


More Russian news

ISIS fighters penetrate Russia as migrant labor

ISIS fighters penetrate Russia as migrant labor

Russia needs a strong Central Asia to combat terrorism

Identities of terrorists who attacked National Guard in Chechnya revealed

Identities of terrorists who attacked National Guard in Chechnya revealed

Police established the identities of those who attacked military town in Chechnya, where one of the divisions of Russian National Guard (Rosgvardia) is located. They are Magomed Akbulatov, Umar Musalayev, Shamil Muridov, Magomed …

Kadyrov discusses terrorist attack in Naursky district with Melikov

Kadyrov discusses terrorist attack in Naursky district with Melikov

The head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov held meeting with first deputy director of the Federal Service of National Guard Troops, Colonel-General Sergey Melikov. The parties discussed the events that …

Russian jets from Kant airbase to participate in Tajik exercises

Russian jets from Kant airbase to participate in Tajik exercises

Russian Su-25SM jets from the Kyrgyz airbase Kant will take part in joint anti-terrorist exercises with Tajikistan's forces, the press service of the Central Military District reported. "Russian Su-25SM jets have been relocated …

Murtuza and Liza Mukhtarovs: a great love story in stone

Murtuza and Liza Mukhtarovs: a great love story in stone

How Ossetian beauty became the first lady of old Baku

Russia, US confirm absence of major incidents in Syrian skies

Russia, US confirm absence of major incidents in Syrian skies

During a regular video conference of the Russia-US working group on implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on prevention of flight incidents in Syrian skies, Russia and the United States have …

Medvedev and Rouhani to discuss trade between Tehran and EAEU

Medvedev and Rouhani to discuss trade between Tehran and EAEU

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Iranian President Hassan Ruhani will discuss the formation of trade regime between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and Tehran on March 27 in Moscow, the press office …

Valery Nesterov: Oil will remain at the level of $ 50 per barrel

Valery Nesterov: "Oil will remain at the level of $ 50 per barrel"

Today, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation announced a conservative forecast for the oil prices

Daesh claims responsibility for attack on Russian National Guard in Chechnya

Daesh claims responsibility for attack on Russian National Guard in Chechnya

The Daesh militant group, which is banned in Russia, claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on a Russian National Guard post in the Chechnya region, Sputnik reports. Six National Guard servicemen and six gunmen were …

Russia’s Airborne Force wraps up large-scale drills in Crimea

Russia’s Airborne Force wraps up large-scale drills in Crimea

Russia’s Airborne Force has wrapped up its large-scale drills at the Opuk training range in Crimea, TASS citing the Defense Ministry’s press office report. "During the drills, the paratroopers acting as part of a rapid …

more Russian news