On July 4, the Free Syrian Army (FSA) joint operations room in southern Syrian announced that a negotiation with Russia on the southern governorates of Daraa and al-Quneitra had collapsed. The operations room has provided no details about the failed talks.
The Syrian pro-government news outlet al-Masdar news said that the Russian delegation rejected a plan, which was presented by the FSA a day earlier, during the talks. Some of the conditions of the FSA’s failed plan included forcing the SAA to hand back the recently liberated areas in Daraa and banning it from entering southern Syria.
The FSA presented similar plans during the battles of Aleppo city, the region of Eastern Ghouta and the northern Homs countryside. However, the Damascus government never accepted such deals, which are designed to empower the FSA in the first place.
Minutes after the collapse of the negotiation, the SAA and the Russian Airspace Forces resumed their bombardment on the FSA’s positions in the town of Sayda in the eastern Daraa countryside, according to several local sources. On top of that, a new ground attack will likely begin in the upcoming hours.