Russian Military Police May Be Deployed In Buffer Zones In Syria

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Russian Military Police May Be Deployed In Buffer Zones In Syria

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The Russian Military Police may be deployed in buffer zones in Syria, Russia’s chief negotiator at the Astana talks and the president’s envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentyev said on Tuesday.

“So far, it is difficult to speak about the presence of Russian monitors and defense ministry representatives, but, in general, it is supposed that Russian military police could be deployed in buffer security zones,” Lavrentyev said, according to TASS. “This issue has not yet been finally agreed. It will imply the status of de-escalation control forces.

He added that sides will begin setting up security zones within two-three weeks after signing relevant documents.

“A very important aspect is that all the guarantor countries want to set up a joint coordination center to monitor security in the de-escalation zones. I think we can pass this document in principle,” he said.

However, the Russian official added that there are still difficulties in “establishing the lines of contact.”

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