Washington supports the negotiations between the Syrian government and the armed opposition in Astana. On Thursday, 5 January, said U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry, reports Reuters.
He expressed hope that the dialogue “a step forward” towards resolving the crisis in the Arab country. The Secretary of state admitted that the meeting could not take place. “Obviously, this is questionable, given the change in the position and what is happening today on the ground (in Syria)” — quoted Kerry RIA Novosti.
The Secretary said the United States supports the efforts of Russia, Turkey and Iran for negotiations, reports TASS. “I’m in the last days talked about this with the foreign Ministers of Russia and Turkey Sergei Lavrov and Mevlut Cavusoglu, and others. Encouraged this process and talked about how it will be possible to build on something that can be achieved in Astana, if this happens,” added Kerry.
January 4, Cavusoglu said that talks between the Syrian authorities and the opposition will begin in Astana on January 23. The Minister explained that they will be possible only if the ceasefire will not be violated.
On 29 December the President of Russia Vladimir Putin said that agreements were reached on a ceasefire in Syria and that the government of the Republic and the armed opposition agreed to start talks. The ceasefire in all the Syrian areas in force at 00:00 on December 30. The guarantors of the truce made by Turkey and Russia.