Lavrov: US contribution to setting up de-escalation zones in Syria very important

Moscow will welcome any contribution by the United States to the memorandum on establishing de-escalation zones in Syria, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

He did not rule out the possibility of US involvement in monitoring these zones but noted that this should be agreed with all parties concerned and should be acceptable for Damascus in the first place.

"We will welcome any contribution by the United States to the implementation of this concept," the Russian Foreign Minister said when asked whether the issue was discussed during the talks in the United States. Lavrov recalled that "initially, it was US President Donald Trump who spoke about the importance of creating such safe zones where the population can breathe a sigh of relief."

Russia’s top diplomat  noted that a meeting of experts representing Russia, Turkey and Iran, that is, the countries acting as the guarantors of the ceasefire in Syria would be held in 10-12 days. They will discuss "specific parameters of these zones’ operation, including buffer zones around them, observation posts and checkpoints".

"The memorandum signed in Astana envisages that observers from third countries could be involved in efforts to ensure the operation of the de-escalation zones. Of course, that should be agreed with all parties concerned. Above all, this should be acceptable for the Syrian government. We are holding contacts with the potential participants in this process, and we hope we will be able to discuss that in greater detail with our partners," TASS cited hi as saying.

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