Germany: Russia, Iran Bear Responsibility for Observance of Syria Safe Zones Agreement

Senior Russian military commander Sergei Rudskoi (L) speaks during a news briefing on the situation in Syria, Moscow, May 5, 2017

Responsibility for observance of the memorandum on safe zones in Syria lies upon Russia and Iran, while the Syrian regime relies on their support, according to the German Foreign Ministry.

BERLIN (Sputnik) — Russia and Iran are the ones carrying the main responsibility for observance of the memorandum on safe zones in Syria, the German Foreign Ministry said Saturday.

“Any initiative that leads to reducing violence and giving humanitarian aid and staffers an unimpeded access to the people in need is strongly welcome. However, it is clear that the Astana agreement is a responsibility. All parties to it are now even more obliged to contribute to observance of the agreement. Above all, the responsibility for that lies upon Russia and Iran, while the Syrian regime relies on their support,” the ministry said in a statement.

If the fighting stops in the four safe zones in the next days and weeks, it would be “an important signal,” the statement added.On Thursday, Russia, Turkey and Iran signed the memorandum on establishment of four safe zones in Syria as part of the Astana talks. The four zones span the northwestern Idlib province and parts of the neighboring Latakia, Hama and Aleppo, the north of the central Homs province, Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, as well as southern Daraa and Quneitra regions. The memorandum came into force at 21:00 GMT on Friday.

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6 Responses to "Germany: Russia, Iran Bear Responsibility for Observance of Syria Safe Zones Agreement"

  1. Andrew_Bukanov(Russia)  May 7, 2017 at 7:11 am

    How they like to put responsibility on someone! Germany! Instead of “naked words” – bring food to Syrian people. Nothing more has to be demanded from you.

  2. Cold Wind  May 7, 2017 at 4:05 am

    What happens, if the US rejects the no fly zones (as they probably will)? Will Russia shoot down US attack planes?

    • Jim W. Dean, Managing Editor  May 7, 2017 at 6:39 am

      The US seems to be focused on Raqqa and Deir Ezzor now.

    • zman  May 7, 2017 at 7:16 am

      Hopefully. Looking at the areas, it seems as though this is a response to Israels incursions, more than US.

    • bryguy  May 7, 2017 at 9:46 am

      Jim, why is the US focusing on Deir Ezzor and Raqqa exactly?

  3. davor  May 6, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    And the responsibility is gladly accepted in Tehran and Moscow.

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