Russia: agreement on safe areas will take effect


The Russian Defense Ministry revealed yesterday, about some details of the agreement «safe areas in Syria, reached between Russia and Iran and Turkey at Astana last Thursday.

The Ministry said: that the agreement enters into force midnight Friday, saying, at the same time, that Russian warplanes stop flying safe areas first.

She added that the biggest safe area in edleb will include Syria, which most armed opposition-controlled areas, and parts of the provinces of Latakia and Aleppo and Hama.

Armed Syrian opposition said they could not accept a Russian plan to establish safe areas in Syria because it threatens the unity of Syrian territory, and indicated that it would not recognize the Iran State guarantor of any ceasefire plan.

Staffan de Mistura praised United Nations Envoy to Syria to plan the safe areas as a step in the right direction to stop real fighting.

With Russia’s Chief negotiator in the talks said Alexander lafrintiev said Moscow was ready to cooperate closely with the United States and Saudi Arabia on Syria.

Required to follow international
Paris demanded an international agreement follow safe areas or «Syria» escalation relief areas reached between Russia and Iran and Turkey in Astana Thursday and includes several Syrian governorates.

And Foreign Ministry spokesman: France «waiting to translate these commitments on the ground and to allow the delivery of humanitarian assistance freely and continuously and without blocking all land (Syria) including the besieged areas».

He added that France «renew hope to undergo the cessation of hostilities to pursue international alone would prevent re violence later», calling for the resumption of negotiations between Iran and Russia-backed regime and the opposition supported by Turkey under the auspices of the United Nations in Geneva.

Presumably under the memorandum of Astana should identify the guarantor States before June 4 safe areas which are valid for six months, renewable.

The agreement provides for the establishment of the safe areas in the province of Idlib, Northwest Syria controlled by Islamic jihadist factions Alliance including a front opening of Sham (victory) and in parts of Western Syria, Lattakia and Aleppo in the North, Hama and Homs in the Middle East in the ghouta of Damascus in the South in the governorates of daraa Kinetra.

Reject partition
Osama Abu Zaid said a member of the opposition delegation after the three guarantor States Russia and Turkey and Iran note on safe zones during peace talks in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan: «the opposition want Syria to maintain its unity.

He added: “we are against the Division of Syria. As for the agreements we are party to this agreement and of course will never endorse as long as Iran touted as a guarantor power».

There was a big gap between the promises and actions of Russia. Russia intervened militarily in 2015 in support of Assad.

Abu Zaid said: «we have a deal already in our hands, why not apply? There is a signed agreement for five months ago, why not apply?» in reference to the truce declared by Russia in December and ignored the parties on the ground. He said: «Why jump now to establish safe areas?, Russia wasn’t able to and unwilling to implement the commitments undertaken and this is a fundamental problem.

Russia has been published and Turkey and Iran memo yet leaving details vague.

But it seems that the goal of safe areas is to be free from conflict with a view to extending the ceasefire, foreign troops will probably guard.

Saudi Arabia welcomes
Adel Al-jubeir, the Foreign Minister said during a visit to Washington that the Kingdom supports the establishment of safe areas in Syria but wanted to see more details.

The US State Department expressed concern about the agreement and said she doubted Iran’s participation as a guarantor power, Bashar Al-Assad’s record regarding implementing previous agreements.

He said the UN Secretary General Antonio goterish: he’s excited for the proposal but pointed out that it must lead to improving the lives of Syrians».

And the Russian negotiator in the talks, Alexander lafrinteyev, told reporters that Russia could send observers to safe areas under that plan. He added that observers from other parties may also be invited by the consent of Turkey and Iran.

Us-Russian meeting
Meanwhile, Russian news agencies quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail bogdanov as saying Friday that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will discuss with his u.s. counterpart, Rex tilrson safe areas in Syria when they meet in Alaska this month.

The two Ministers agreed earlier to hold talks on the sidelines of a meeting of the Arctic Council in Fairbanks, Alaska on 10 and 11 May.

Russian news agencies quoted Russian envoy Alexander laverntiev peace talks in Astana to safe areas which will be held in Syria will be closed to us warplanes and us-led coalition planes.

Preventing Allied planes
A senior Russian diplomat said Friday that the US-led coalition cannot operate within «» escalation relief zones was agreed in Syria.

Alexander laverntiev, Special Envoy of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Syria to «aviation operations in areas of relieving Allied planes, especially the escalation is not quite at all, whether by notice or otherwise. This case is finished.

Laverntiev added that «only operations for Allied planes could be those aimed at regulating ISIS».