De-escalation zones in Syria: who and why needs them
The decision to create zones of de-escalation in Syria has become one of the most important events of this week. Initially, as Al-Masdar, close to Syria's leadership, revealed the plan to create four security zones in Syria proposed by Russia. Later, during the talks between the presidents of Russia and the United States (by phone) and the personal meeting between Vladimir Putin and Recep Erdogan in Sochi, both the American and Turkish leaders agreed with the plan proposed by Russian leader. In favor of creating security zones, both Tehran and the official Damascus took the floor. Finally, on May 4, 2017, at the talks in Astana, representatives of Russia, Iran and Turkey adopted an official memorandum on the establishment of de-escalation zones. For the first time at the talks in Astana, there is a special envoy of the US Department of State (formerly the United States was represented by the ambassador of this country in Kazakhstan).