Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told reporters in Sochi that it was still early to speak about a US participation in the de-escalation zones.”
He said: “This issue should be discussed with the Syrian side, because Syria is a sovereign state.”
He said the US recognizes the role played by Russia and Turkey in the Astana peace process, but looks at Iran as having an unconstructive role in the region, a role that Washington “can’t praise under any circumstances.”
The deputy foreign minister said: “Of course there are differences and difficulties between the two sides and this requires additional political and diplomatic efforts. We will continue to work.”
In a related development, military sources close to the Syrian regime said Russian forces in Aleppo took certain measures to prevent Assad’s forces, Lebanon’s “Hezbollah” militants, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards from entering the city, located in the north of the country.
Italian news agency, AKI, quoted sources as saying that the Russian military police in Moscow have arrested a number of intelligence officials working for the Syrian regime air force because they refused to respect Russia’s orders.