Syria Daily: Russia — US May Be Involved in “De-Escalation Zones”

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Trying to shift the Assad regime’s position, Russia said on Friday that the US may be involved in the securing of four “de-escalation zones” inside Syria.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (pictured), who met Donald Trump and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington on Wednesday, said yesterday, “We will welcome any contribution by the United States to the implementation of this concept.”

He said Moscow will welcome any US contribution to the zone, announced last Week by Russia, Turkey, and Iran, although he added that this should be “agreed with all parties concerned” and “should be acceptable” for Damascus.

The Assad regime’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said earlier this week that the regime will not agree to any international involvement, including that of the UN, in monitoring. Instead, Russia would be establishing the military presence.

Lavrov said a meeting of experts from Russia, Turkey, and Iran will be held within the next two weeks on specific parameters of these zones’ operation, including buffer zones around them, observation posts, and checkpoints.”

The Assad regime was slow to endorse the zones, covering much of northwest Syria in Idlib Province and parts of neighboring Hama, Aleppo, and Latakia Provinces; northern Homs Province; suburbs near Damascus; and areas in southern Syria.

President Assad said in a Thursday interview that he welcomed the initiative “in principle” but that he anticipated that “terrorist groups” and their Western supporters will violate the agreement.

Iran has also been reticent about the zones, despite signing the proposal. Tehran has been more forthright than Moscow in backing Assad’s long-term future and has been hesitant about arrangements leaving the opposition in control of parts of Syria.

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    “Well for one it is important to acknowledge the fact that without coalition air support the YPJ/YPG would not have had the same success,” said Heval Sores.
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    • Amazing. The irrational marxist creed is so strong when it takes hold of someone’s heart and mind that these poor bastards even while being dressed, feeded and armed by the US they keep thinking of it like the ultimate evil.

      Same thing ocurred during WWII, the USSR was a yankee ally but its braindead-oriented propaganda kept claiming that the nazis were allied with the US.

      Orwell and Max Eastman´s works highlighted this irrational and contradictory behavior, they showed the inner workings of the farse.

      • “…being dressed, feeded and armed by the US they keep thinking of it like the ultimate evil”.
        Where you get your info from? I wonder… this is no new USSR. They promote gender equality and other equalities, but nothing specifically “Marxist” about them. And they definitely don’t see the West or the US as evil

        • “They promote gender equality and other equalities, but nothing specifically “Marxist” about them.”

          Please Amir, no one fights to promote gender equality and LGBT rights. Those are by-products for western media-consumption. They are what they have always been (die-hard stalinists). You will eventually see it.

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