Published: 2017-08-23 18:46
Last Updated: 2017-08-24 09:47
Russian Minister of Defense Sergey Shoygu said on Wednesday that “distinguishing between the moderate Syrian Resistance and the terrorists, and the introduction of de-escalation zones in Syria, have led the way for a practical end to the war.”
He added, during a meeting with Lebanese counterpart Yacoub Sarraf in suburban Moscow, that they were able to separate the two factions and establish four de-escalation zones, effectively ending the civil war.
Shoygu continued: concentrating efforts on combating international terrorism such as Al Nusra Front, Daesh, and other subsidiary organisations, rather than internal fighting between the government and the resistance contributed to this as well.
The de-escalation zones were established following a meeting between Russian president Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart, Donald Trump, on the 7th of July. They were established in southern Syria, near the border with Jordan. Preceding this decision was a long chain of negotiations between officials and experts from the US, Jordan, and the Israeli Occupation.