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Lavrov: Countries that will send observers to Syria’s de-escalation zones should coordinate with Syrian government

Moscow -Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov affirmed Friday that the countries that will be invited to carry out the control functions in the de-escalation areas in Syria will inevitably coordinate with the Syrian government in these areas.

These consultations, as to which precisely countries will be invited to send their military and police to ensure inspection and pass functions, will certainly be carried out first of all with the government of the Syrian Arab Republic, Lavrov said in a press conference with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Moscow on Friday.

He added that nothing could be done otherwise because the main thing in the peacemakers' work is the agreement with the host country.

He noted that Moscow will actively contribute to the formation of such groups of military observers or police as soon as possible and with coordination and approval of Syria and ensuring effective and balanced action in those areas.

We have coinciding approaches to the situation in Syria, including within the context of supporting the Astana platform, where an agreement was reached to create de-escalation zones in Syria, the Russian diplomat said.

He added that implementation of the memorandum on de-escalation zones will become a major instrument in maintaining the ceasefire, ensuring humanitarian access and creating more favorable conditions for the start of an inclusive intra-Syrian dialogue in Geneva.

Source: Syrian Arab News Agency