Russian Military Police to Patrol De-escalation Zones in Syria

Posted July 07, 2017

Rex Tillerson, the USA secretary of state, promised to work with Russian Federation to establish no-fly zones in Syria as he prepared to join President Trump for a series of key talks at the G20 summit in Hamburg.

U.S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has revealed the Trump administration is considering cooperating with Russian Federation in a bid to stabilize operations in Syria, including agreeing to the creation of no-fly zones, deploying cease-fire observers, and coordinating the delivery of much-needed humanitarian aid, reports the Washington Post.

Washington hit a Syrian air base with a missile strike in April after accusing the Assad government of killing dozens of civilians in a chemical attack.

All of those, likely talking points on Friday at an expected meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the G20 in Germany.

"Actors in Syria must remember that our fight is with ISIS", Tillerson said.

Staffan de Mistura, the United Nations secretary-general's special envoy on Syria - who attended the Astana meeting - emphasized that the de-escalation zones are temporary measures and that a wider political solution is necessary to settle the conflict.

"In order to complete the mission", he said, "the global community, and especially Russian Federation, must remove obstacles to the defeat of ISIS and help provide stability that prevents ISIS from rising anew from the ashes of their failed and fraudulent caliphate".

PM prepares for G20 summit
The protest Sunday was one of 30 planned in the German city in anticipation of the two-day summit, which begins Friday. Chinese state media said Xi told also Trump "negative factors" have affected U.S.

Russia, Turkey and Iran have set up a working group to reconcile their positions before the next Astana meeting set for the final week of August.

"We call upon all parties, including the Syrian government and its allies, Syrian opposition forces, and Coalition forces carrying out the battle to defeat [IS], to avoid conflict with one another and adhere to agreed geographical boundaries for military de-confliction and protocols for de-escalation".

It's not yet clear what the two leaders will discuss when they meet on Friday, but the ongoing civil war in Syria is nearly certain to come up.

Also, some talks were held about deploying military forces and the nationality of the peacekeeping troops that were to monitor and ensure the agreement in the four de-escalation zones.

The three guarantors - Russia, Turkey, and Iran - are now concentrating their efforts creating three more de-escalation zones, the head of Moscow's delegation said.

Moscow is staging a bombing campaign in support of Washington's foe President Bashar al-Assad.