Russia Mediating Talks Between State and Kurds in Syria

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ISTANBUL — Russia has been mediating talks between the Syrian authorities and representatives of the Syrian Kurds, together with the leaders of Folks’s Safety Models (YPG), mentioned Russian Minister of International Affairs Sergey Lavrov in an interview with the Russian newspaper Izvesiya.

Russia “makes efforts to ascertain a typical understanding between the Syrian authorities and the Syrian Kurds for the sake of a united Syria,” mentioned Lavrov.

So far, 4 rounds of negotiations between Damascus and “representatives of the political and public constructions of the Syrian Kurds,” which had been brokered by Russia have taken place between June and December of 2016.

Based on Lavrov, these negotiations had been constructive.

“We imagine that such intra-Syrian dialog is helpful,” Lavrov mentioned.

He famous that as either side have widespread pursuits they usually have some issues to work in the direction of collectively.

There may be “vital potential for reaching agreements” between Damascus and the Kurds, Lavrov mentioned.

Whether or not Syria’s potential future as a federalized state was mentioned throughout these negotiations is unsure, as Lavrov didn’t touch upon this concern.