Russia did not offer to set up a Kurdish autonomy in the draft Syrian сonstitution presented at the Astana talks, spokesperson for Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, told a press briefing on January 27.
“We have identified an array of issues to be addressed by the participants in the discussion on the Syrian сonstitution one way or another,” she said. “Tackling the issues related to the format, the way the Syrian state will be organized, the way it will exist and develop is not Russia’s objective. This task belongs to the Syrians themselves, various representatives, opposition groups, the official authorities and so on.”
“No one is going to offer this, not in any persistent manner whatsoever, since that is just pointless.”
However, Zakharova added that Russia supports the idea that representatives of the Syrian Kurds should join the negotiations on the crisis.
“We proceed from the assumption that that they must join the process.”