The Astana process participants have directly approached signing of an agreement on de-escalation zones in Syria, head of the Russian delegation Alexander Lavrentyev told reporters.
“We are very close to the signing of an agreement on the establishment of all four de-escalation zones, but I won’t assess this event so far,” he said. “I’d like to stress that everyone wants peace to be established on Syrian soil. And everyone realizes, understands and welcomes the entire work that is being done for establishment of the de-escalation zones,” the diplomat added.
All three guarantors of the Astana process over Syria – Russia, Iran and Turkey – will be involved in control of the de-escalation zone in Idlib, the diplomat said. “Participation of monitors from all three guarantor states – Russia, Turkey and Iran is envisaged,” he confirmed.