In a move that excluded the USA and NATO from the decision making process on s middle east conflict, the major regional powers, on Thursday 4 May Russia, Iran and Turkey signed a memorandum on creating safe zones in Syria, while the delegation of the armed Syrian opposition walked out and shouted angrily after a new round of peace talks held in the Kazakh capital Astana.
Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov said that next Syria peace talks would be held in Astana in mid-July. The three ceasefire guarantor states, namely Russia, Turkey and Iran, have adopted the memorandum on creation of four zones of de-escalation of tensions in Syria on the second day of the latest round of talks on Syrian settlement in Astana.
Russian delegation head at Astana talks and Special Presidential Representative for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said that the delegation had not managed to speak to the representatives of the armed Syrian opposition, even though there were topics for discussion.
"Unfortunately, we did not manage to speak to the armed opposition, even though we had issues to discuss from the point of view of the decisions which were taken at this meeting within the framework of reaching the memorandum on de-escalation zones," Lavrentyev told reporters.
According to the text of the memorandum, the zone of de-escalation of tensions in Syria will be established in Daraa and Quneitra provinces.
The safe zones will bring to an end missions by US and NATO aircraft over combat zones in syria,. Russian and Iranian military commanders have complained that the USA, which always prioritized the removal of the Assad regime in Syria over defeating ISIS terrorism in the middle east, has in effect been provinding air support for the terrorists in areas where Syrian government troops were opposing ISIS forces.
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