The U.S. and Russia have declared readiness to renew the agreement for flights over Syria

Valery Gerasimov

The chief of defense General staff of Russia Valery Gerasimov and Chairman of the Committee of nastasov of the United States Joseph Dunford in a telephone conversation confirmed that the parties are ready to return to the commitments of the Memorandum on safety of flights over Syria. It is reported TASS citing the Russian defense Ministry.

“The focus was the situation in Syria in the context of the agreements reached on may 4 this year in Astana on the establishment of a de-escalation of the conflict in certain areas of Syria,” — said in the press release of the Ministry of defense.

In addition to confirmation of readiness to restore in full the obligations under the Memorandum on security and the prevention of incidents in the airspace of Syria, the parties promised to continue working on additional measures to prevent conflict situations in operations against the “Islamic state” and “Dzhebhat EN Nusra” (both organizations are banned in Russia).

The Russian defense Ministry said that the interview took place at the initiative of the American side. The two sides agreed to continue regular contacts.

Earlier the MFA of Russia published the text of the Memorandum on the establishment of a de-escalation in Syria, signed in Astana on may 4. According to the document, the zones will be created in the province of Idlib, in areas of Latakia, Aleppo and Hama; in the North of HOMS province; in Eastern ghouta, on the South of Syria — the provinces of Deraa and Quneitra. In these areas, is located on the line of contact of the governmental and opposition forces must cease hostilities. There must also be unimpeded access to these areas for humanitarian assistance.