Zone of de-escalation in Syria closed for flights of the US coalition

Zone of de-escalation in Syria closed for flights of the US coalition

ASTANA, 5 may. /TASS/. Zone of de-escalation in Syria will be closed for the U.S. air force and coalition. This was stated to journalists by the head of the Russian delegation at the talks on Syria in Astana, the President’s special envoy on the Syrian settlement, Alexander Lavrentiev.

“The fact is, that in zones of de-escalation of aviation operations, especially coalition forces, it is absolutely not foreseen. Even with the notification without notification, he said. – This issue is now closed.”

“The only thing which can work coalition aircraft, is, of course, on the objects of IG (a terrorist organization banned in Russia – approx. TASS), he continued. – The aircraft is within the area of concentration of forces of this group in the area of Raqqa and other settlements, in the district of the Euphrates, Deir ez-Zor”.

“With regard to their actions in the area of de-escalation, now they are all closed for their flights,” – said the head of the delegation of the Russian Federation.

According to him, the Memorandum on areas of de-escalation is not spelled out, but the flights stop over these territories. “We, as guarantors, will closely monitor all actions in this direction”, – said the Lavrentiev.

Support of the UN security Council

The special representative of the President of the Russian Federation noted that the sanction of the UN Security Council on the establishment of zones of de-escalation in Syria is not required, but Moscow counts on support of the decision.

“A lot of people who are interested in provoking one side or the other on any illegal actions that can cause negative response from the international community, the diplomat stated. – A lot of provocations”.

“The events in Khan Sheyhun Russia has irrefutable evidence that this is pure provocation on the part of agencies that are not interested in achieving peace in Syria”, – said the Lavrentiev.

According to him, all the explanations, the arguments stumble on a complete misunderstanding of the West. “We are going in this direction to work on, to country somehow changed its position in relation to the government of Syria, which they consider illegitimate so far,” said special representative of the President of the Russian Federation.

The incident in Khan Sheyhun, located in the Syrian province of Idlib, which was allegedly used chemical weapons occurred on April 4. According to the defense Ministry of the Russian Federation, Syrian aircraft bombed militants of the shop, where they produced toxic chemicals. Washington accused Damascus of using chemical weapons, and then in the night of 7 April, the US Navy missile attack on a Syrian military airfield in HOMS province.