Astana talks don't reach agreement about deescalation zones in Syria

Russia, Iran and Turkey didn’t manage to agree on details about the creation and management of de-escalation zones in Syria during the fifth round of talks held in Astana on 4 – 5 July.

During previous rounds of the talks, the countries made the decision to establish four de-escalation zones. However, they now failed to agree on how the boundaries should be set and who would be responsible for the zones’ policing and security. The participants appointed a joint working group which is going to finalise these details in future. The representatives of the Syrian regime and opposition groups’ members were also present at the meeting. The next round of Astana talks should take place in August. Despite the absence of Western states' representatives, the three countries intend to comply with UN’s resolutions, as the latter will restart political negotiations about Syria next week in Geneva. Tensions grew between the U.S., Syrian government and Russia in last few days, as the U.S. accused Syria of an intended chemical attack. Russia warned that they will not ignore any possible U.S. retaliation against Assad and are willing to support his forces.

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