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Russian Security Council Chief Discusses Middle East Situation, War on Terrorism with Kazakh Counterpart

Wednesday 21 June 2017

MOSCOW (Interfax) — Astana has hosted Russian-Kazakh security consultations, the Russian Security Council said in a report on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday that the next meeting on the Syrian settlement in the Kazakh capital of Astana will take place on July 4-5.According to Sputnik, the Foreign Ministry of Kazakhstan mentioned these dates earlier on Monday. The office of UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura also confirmed the timeframe for Geneva talks on Syria, scheduled to begin on July 10, following Astana negotiations.

The participants of the meeting are expected to discuss documents regulating the parameters of the de-escalation zones as well as the issue of unfettered humanitarian access and rebuilding of infrastructure.

The latest round of Astana talks held in May resulted in an agreement to create four de-escalation zones in Syria. The monitoring and management of the safe zones is carried out by military personnel from the ceasefire guarantor states, namely, Russia, Turkey and Iran.

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