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Syrian official says Iran, Russia curbing Turkey’s danger in North of Syria

The file photo shows a militant firing a rocket-propelled grenade during fighting in Homs’ Hamidiyah neighborhood in Syria.

Tasnim – Iran and Russia policy for curbing Turkey danger in the Syrian northern parts are a positive step, an adviser to the Syrian Prime Minister said, elaborating on differences between safe zones and de-escalation zones.

Speaking to Tasnim, Abdulqader Azouz pointed to significant difference that exists between safe zones and de-escalation zones, and noted that in the de-escalation zones, the airspace will be open to government airplanes and gives the Syrian Army the authority to prevent manipulation of truce for occupation of new regions by militant groups.

“Unlike de-escalation zones” he said “safe zones are established based on UN Security Council resolutions and the international forces are stationed there and they deprive the government of its authority over the territory’s airspace.”

Azouz questions the seriousness of Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia as sponsors and guarantors of the terrorist groups in their commitment to respecting the de-escalation zones in Syria.

He, however, praised the role played by Iran and Russia to push for political process, and noted, “Iran and Russia are doing their best to curb Turkey’s danger through convincing the country to resolve the issues within the framework of Astana talks.”

Azouz admired honest efforts made by Iran and Syria and described the two countries’ attitude as “a positive step that shows a combination of wisdom and courage (by the two sides).”

Turkey, which sponsors a number of the armed groups in northern parts of Syria, has apparently moderated its policies towards the Syrian crisis and is now a partner to the talks for resolution of the crisis. Turkey had previously threatened to start direct military intervention in Syrian northern regions.

Azouz meantime criticized supporters of the Nusra Front (also known as Jabhat Fateh al-Sham) for not delivering the geographical maps, which show the exact lines separating armed groups, involved in the Astana talks and Daesh and al-Nusra front geography.

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