Russia, Turkey and Iran plan to divide Syria into informal zones of regional influence, Reuters reported citing several sources. According to them, President Bashar al-Assad this will allow you to save your post for at least another few years until the next election. After that Syria will lead a less controversial candidate, and Assad will get away with security guarantees for him and his family, said the source Agency.
Such a deal, which would create autonomy within the Federal structure controlled by Assad, is currently in its infancy and needs to be agreed with the Syrian authorities, rebels and, eventually, also with the countries of the Persian Gulf and the United States, said sources familiar with the position of Russia.
“To reach a final agreement will be difficult, but the initial positions of the [parties] have changed,” — said in an interview with Reuters, the General Director of the Russian international Affairs Council Andrey Kortunov. He also said that several candidates to replace Assad has already been discussed, but specific names are not called.
Earlier, the Turkish Anadolu Agency, citing informed sources reported that Russia and Turkey agreed on a comprehensive ceasefire in Syria, which will be transmitted to the parties to the conflict. In case of success of the ceasefire agreement, the Assad regime and the opposition, with the assistance of Moscow and Ankara will hold talks in the capital of Kazakhstan, pointed to the Agency.
In the Kremlin are unable to comment on the information about the allegedly reached agreements with Russia and Turkey. “I can’t answer this question, do not have enough information,” — said the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov on Wednesday, December 28.
Informed about the readiness to provide a platform for dialogue on Syria in Astana, said Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev during a telephone conversation with President of Russia Vladimir Putin and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
20 Dec following the meeting with Turkish and Iranian colleagues, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that the format of Russia — Iran — Turkey is the most effective for solving the Syrian crisis. The head of the Russian foreign Ministry stressed that Moscow, Ankara and Tehran are in no alternative to politico-diplomatic settlement in Syria and does not see military solution to the problem. “We have a common view, especially the fact that it is necessary to fully respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of Syria,” — said Lavrov.
The foreign Ministers also agreed on a joint statement on the political process in Syria aimed to “revive the political process to end the Syrian conflict.”