MOSCOW, may 10. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed with the permanent members of the security Council of Russia on issues of Russian-American relations, settlement in Syria, as well as problems domestic agenda. This was reported by press Secretary of the Russian President, Dmitry Peskov.
“In the context planned for today contact the head of the Russian foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov with his American counterparts at the meeting was touched upon the bilateral Russian-American relations”, – said Peskov.
As previously reported, the Russian foreign Ministry, Lavrov, who arrived in the U.S. with a three-day visit, will hold on may 10 in Washington, talks with U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson. The Minister will also take the US President Donald trump. After that, Lavrov will head to Alaska, where 11 may take part in the Ministerial meeting of the Arctic Council.
The format of the contacts Lavrov in Washington repeats the schedule of meetings Tillerson in Moscow on 12 April. Then the American diplomat held talks with the foreign Minister, and then both of them took the President of the Russian Federation.
The Syrian issue
Peskov said that the meeting was also understood to be the topic of the Syrian settlement. “An exchange of views in the course of formation of zones of de-escalation in Syria in light of the conclusion at the meeting in Astana of the relevant agreement”, – he said.
Last week, the delegations of Russia, Iran and Turkey during the talks in Astana agreed on the establishment of four zones of de-escalation in Syria. In these zones consists of Idlib province and parts of neighboring provinces of Aleppo, Latakia and Hama, the area North of HOMS and Eastern ghouta and the southern province of Deraa and Quneitra. The agreement provides that from may 6 in these zones, a ban on military activity, including aviation. The instrument is designed for six months and may automatically be renewed for the same period.
According to the defense Ministry, as of Wednesday, the situation in the areas of de-escalation stable. In addition, in recent days signed three agreements on the accession localities to the cessation of hostilities. The number of settlements that joined the reconciliation process, increased to 1495.
However, the Russian part of the mission of the joint Russian-Turkish Commission on consideration of issues related to the violations of the cessation of hostilities, during the day, there were 12 cases of firing in the provinces of Damascus, Lattakia and Hama. The Turkish part of the mission recorded eight violations.
Peskov added that during the meeting they talked about domestic issues. “They discussed current issues of the Russian agenda,” he said, without specifying the topic of the conversation.
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, speakers of both chambers of Parliament Valentina Matvienko, Vyacheslav Volodin, the head of the Kremlin administration Anton Vaino, security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev, interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, head of the SVR, Sergei Naryshkin, special envoy of the President on issues of environmental activities, environment and transport Sergei Ivanov.