Russia, Turkey and Iran are close to finalising an agreement on creating four de-escalation zones in Syria, a senior Russian negotiator said on Thursday.
The three sides are discussing details of the agreement at meetings in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, Alexander Lavrentyev, who leads the Russian delegation, told reporters.
“Our main task at this international meeting on Syria is to finalise and establish four de-escalation zones,” Lavrentyev said. “We are very close to reaching an agreement on creating these four zones.”
The meetings, which also involve representatives of the Damascus government and some rebel factions, will continue on Friday.
Lavrentyev said the agreement was likely to include provisions on the deployment of monitors - such as military police servicemen - in the four zones and, more specifically, on their borders.